'Sonny' Perdue reportedly tapped to serve as Secretary of Agriculture

by Keith Nunes
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Gov. Sonny Perdue
Sonny Perdue is reportedly  President-elect Donald Trump's selection to lead the U.S.D.A.

WASHINGTON — Former Georgia governor George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III is President-elect Donald Trump’s selection to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the Secretary of Agriculture. A former veterinarian with roots in Georgia agriculture, Mr. Perdue’s nomination was met with praise by a number of industry groups.

Mike Brown, president of the National Chicken Council
Mike Brown, president of the National Chicken Council

“Governor Perdue has a strong record as two-term chief executive of Georgia and is acquainted with a wide array of agriculture commodities, from chicken and peanuts to cotton and timber,” said Mike Brown, president of the National Chicken Council. “As a veterinarian, agribusiness owner and a governor who established an agricultural advisory committee in Georgia, he understands and appreciates the importance of American agriculture both here and abroad. He is a welcome choice from the ‘Broiler belt.’

“We hope he is confirmed expeditiously so we can begin work with the department on the many issues of importance to chicken producers.”

Mr. Perdue served as governor of Georgia from 2003 to 2011. During his tenure he was known for his focus on reforming Georgia’s budget and improving the graduation rates of students in the state. He received a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1971 from the University of Georgia. After serving in the military he went on to lead businesses in agribusiness and transportation.

Michael Dykes, president and chief executive officer of the International Dairy Foods Association
Michael Dykes, president and c.e.o. of the International Dairy Foods Association
“As a fellow veterinarian, I’m confident that Secretary Perdue will bring the necessary knowledge and insight to keep American agriculture, food production and nutrition programs strong and vibrant,” said Michael Dykes, president and chief executive officer of the International Dairy Foods Association. “I.D.F.A. and our dairy foods company members look forward to working closely with Sonny Perdue in his new role as Secretary of Agriculture. While leading the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Secretary Perdue will oversee many areas that are extremely important to the dairy industry, including the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the school breakfast and lunch programs, and, most recently, the national disclosure standard for foods made with genetically modified ingredients.”     
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By Gerry Terron 1/23/2017 9:45:41 AM
For the sake of the children, let’s get the word out that some of the current School Breakfast & Lunch Program Rules can generate poor outcomes. The “creditable grain requirement” rule can result in higher product weights in order to meet the serving size rule. This means that some high schools (there are different rules for primary schools) are demanding larger buns to meet regulations (so that there are enough creditable grains in a serving size). Larger portion size does not curb obesity. Meanwhile, forcing wholegrain requirements, with no other choices (such as white bread), has resulted in increased food waste and costs because many children turn up their nose at food that is not eaten at home. When this occurs, children go hungry (skip lunch) because government mandated food “choices” are just not palatable.