WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following statement regarding President-elect Donald Trump‘s nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue for Agriculture Secretary to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA):
"Today, we have finally received a nomination for Agriculture Secretary, a critically important position that ensures the strength and vitality of American agriculture, small towns, and rural communities across Michigan and the entire country," said Senator Stabenow. "It is imperative that the next Agriculture Secretary is ready on day one to support our nation's food producers and local communities, protect our land, water, and wildlife habitats, and ensure all Americans have access to healthy food. I intend to take a close look at Governor Perdue's qualifications to lead USDA and balance the department’s important missions on and off the farm. I look forward to hearing his ideas for how to best support both farmers and families."