01-19-17 USCA Welcomes Announcement of Sonny Perdue to Secretary of Agriculture

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USCA Welcomes Announcement of Sonny Perdue to Secretary of Agriculture

(WASHINGTON) – Following the announcement of President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Kenny Graner issued the following statement:

“USCA commends President-elect Trump on his long-awaited nomination of Secretary of Agriculture. Sonny Perdue led a state with a $74-billion agricultural sector and a robust cattle industry, and we are confident that Mr. Perdue will serve as a strong leader for rural America. Given Mr. Perdue’s veterinary background, we know that we will have a strong advocate for issues related to animal health and welfare.

USCA looks forward to working with Mr. Perdue and his staff on the challenges facing today’s livestock industry, including the current state of the cattle market and lack of competition and true price discovery; the need to modernize the Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting law and the Packers and Stockyards Act; the opening up of export markets, such as China, with a growing demand for U.S. beef; and a clear definition for country-of-origin labeling information.”

USCA sent a letter to the Trump Agricultural Advisory Team in December outlining priorities for the new Administration; read the letter CLICK HERE

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Established in March 2007, USCA is committed to concentrating its efforts in Washington, D.C. to enhance and expand the cattle industry’s voice on Capitol Hill.  USCA has a full-time presence in Washington, giving cattle producers across the country a strong influence on policy development.  For more information go to www.uscattlemen.org