Former Ag Secretary Perdue 2017 Real Estate Transaction Drawing Attention

A report from the Washington Post questions a real estate transaction made by Sonny Perdue just after his selection to be Agriculture Secretary in 2017. The Washington Post reports Purdue’s now-former company bought a small grain facility in South Carolina for $250,000, while ADM purchased the facility six years prior for $5.5 million. However, the […]

Former Agriculture Secretary Perdue Privileged to Serve Farmers

In modern societal norms, perhaps leaving your employer is not official until announced on social media. Former Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue did so this week via Twitter. Perdue stated, “It has been a privilege to serve America’s farmers, ranchers, and producers the past four years.” Perdue highlighted his visits to farms in all 50 states, […]

USDA, FDA Sign MOU on Animal Biotech Regulations

The USDA and the FDA recently signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a regulatory environment at USDA for agricultural animal biotechnology innovation. The agreement allows USDA to lead animal biotech regulatory framework. Former Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue stated the effort “clears a path to bring our regulatory framework into the 21st century.” The MOU […]

USDA Offering Additional Assistance Through CFAP

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said the USDA will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The agency will be expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities and updating payments to accurately compensate some producers who already applied to the program. Producers who are now eligible and those who need to modify existing […]

Newhouse, Others Call On USDA To Provide Farmers With COVID-19 Funding

Last week, Representatives Dan Newhouse, Jimmy Panetta, Jim Costa and others led 70 colleagues writing a bipartisan letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and the USDA, calling on him to spend specific funding to protect Ag workers. The letter calls on Perdue to make at least $1.5 billion of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 available […]

Perdue: Farmers Are Patriots, U.S. Should Focus On SE Asia

If you could go back to April 2017, Sonny Perdue’s first day as Ag Secretary. You would have heard him telling USDA employees. “My vision for the department of agriculture is to be the best managed, the best regarded agency in this country.” Fast forward almost four years, Perdue said this week he’s hopeful he […]

Newhouse: Despite Challenges, Perdue Did A Good Job As USDA Head

As the Trump Administration prepares to exit Washington D.C., that means Sonny Perdue’s time as the Ag Secretary is coming to a close. Dan Newhouse Chairman of the congressional Western Caucus, said the past four years were challenging for farm country, and he felt Perdue did a good job listening to the concerns of everyday […]

Farmers to Families Food Box Program Renewed

Earlier this week, the USDA announced the continuation of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said USDA will purchase an additional $1.5 billion worth of food nationwide through the fifth round of the program. Set to expire at the end of 2020, the recent coronavirus aid package provided more funding […]

USDA, HHS Announce Updated Dietary Guidelines

Earlier this week, the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services released the 2020-2025 edition of the Dietary  Guidelines for Americans. “Together we’re excited to present the newest edition of our nation’s dietary guidelines,” noted Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue. “These guidelines represent many years of hard work and dedication that reflects increased transparency, […]