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Perdue Answers Nutritional, USDA Concerns During Hearing

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Having an Agriculture Secretary with on-the-farm experience has farmers and ranchers eager to see what Sonny Perdue can get done at USDA. © Jim Barcus Photography, Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue sat before the House Agriculture Committee for nearly 3.5 hours on Wednesday, fielding questions from members about the state of the rural economy.

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Tx.), chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, opened the hearing by commending Perdue for “landing on his feet and going full-throttle” leading the department.

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During his fourth week on the job, Perdue laid out his vision of the USDA to members of Congress. He answered a variety of topics including the 2018 Farm Bill, changes to the USDA undersecretary, crop insurance, and economic outlook.

Perdue shared his perspective on the economic outlook in rural America, stating that net farm income is half of what it was in 2013.

Perdue says his goal is to make producers and the ag committee proud of how USDA is run, and he wants it to be the most effective, most efficient, and best-managed department in the U.S. government.

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