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January 24, 2017

What’s at stake for ag policy under Trump’s USDA pick

A single day before the inauguration, President Donald Trump filled the last vacancy on his cabinet, naming former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue secretary of agriculture. The son of a Georgia farmer and a veterinarian by training, Perdue, now 70, entered politics in 1991 as a Democratic state senator. He helped shape Georgia’s agriculture policy through the ’90s and switched to the Republican party in 1998. In 2002, Perdue became the state’s first GOP governor in more than 130 years. During his eight years in office, Perdue enacted many conservative policies, including cracking down on illegal immigration and creating photo ID rules for Georgia voters. Since leaving office in 2011, Perdue has run Perdue Partners, a global agribusiness trading company.  Read More

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