SC Ag Commissioner Looking forward to Ag Secretary Purdue

Rhonda Garrison: It took a very long time, but it finally happened late last week. Now President: Donald Trump named a Southerner to be the next Ag. Secretary. We are really excited about it.

South Carolina Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers: That we are. We are very pleased that Governor Sonny Perdue from Georgia was picked to be the next Ag. Secretary. .

RG: There has been 30 secretaries of Agriculture since 1889 when USDA was founded. There were some that were raised on a farm, but only 2 actually lived and worked in agriculture as adults.

HW: That’s right. That’s why with Governor Sonny Perdue being the farmer at heart that he is with veterinarian training, a lot of businesses in farming, and living on a farm. He should not need the training of your basic tenants that we believe in, in agriculture. We are very excited to have one of our own in a lot of ways: a good farmer, a good southerner, and ready for him to go to work.

RG: As we all know, Perdue was former Governor of the great state of Georgia. He was Governor from ’03-’11 which spans the great drought of 2007.

HW: Well it does. That’s when I had the chance to get to know Perdue and his family. It was towards the end of his time as Governor and I think he was looking forward to getting back to the farm and his grandchildren. With 6-7 years later, he has had a chance to “recharge those batteries” and apply his talents in Washington.

RG: We are really looking forward to his experience with exports as well.

HW: That’s correct. In South Carolina he actually has several grain elevators, and also working with Georgia ports. With a whole host of what USDA has responsibilities for, it is really assuring to have someone with the experience that Governor Purdue has and is bringing to that.

RG: Yes it does.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.