Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue Named to Lead USDA

April 28, 2017 | by National Deer Alliance

A United States Air Force Captain, dairy farmer, business owner, and former Governor of Georgia, Sonny Perdue was recently named as the new Secretary of Agriculture. He also earned a doctorate in medicine from the University of Georgia. In addition, Perdue is also an avid sportsman, and was a member of the bipartisan Governor’s Sportsman’s Caucus.

In this role, Perdue will oversee the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agency that oversees the nation’s farm and food program, which include agricultural subsidies, public land and forests, and other conservation programs. “We have been working hard on the conservation title of the Farm Bill, as well as the USDA Chronic Wasting Disease Program Standards, and we look forward to working with Secretary Perdue on these, and other important issues that impact deer and hunters,” said Nick Pinizzotto, NDA President and CEO.

 Perdue has a track record of being able to work collaboratively on issues with both Republicans and Democrats. According to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Perdue recently stated that “Making sure Americans who make their livelihood in the agricultural industry are thriving is near and dear to my heart and I’m going to champion the concerns of American agriculture and work tirelessly to solve the issues facing our farm families in this new role.”