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Sonny Perdue

R

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (2017 - Present)

Quick Facts
Personal Details

Education

  • BS, University of Georgia
  • Attended, Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, 1971

Professional Experience

  • BS, University of Georgia
  • Attended, Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, 1971
  • Captain, United States Air Force, 1971-1974

Political Experience

  • BS, University of Georgia
  • Attended, Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, 1971
  • Captain, United States Air Force, 1971-1974
  • Secretary of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture, 2017-present
  • Nominated by President Donald Trump, Secretary of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture, January 19, 2017
  • Governor, State of Georgia, 2002-2010

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • BS, University of Georgia
  • Attended, Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, 1971
  • Captain, United States Air Force, 1971-1974
  • Secretary of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture, 2017-present
  • Nominated by President Donald Trump, Secretary of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture, January 19, 2017
  • Governor, State of Georgia, 2002-2010
  • Member/Sunday School Teacher, First Baptist Church of Woodstock
  • Former President, Georgia and Southeastern Feed and Grain Association
  • Member, Houston County Planning and Zoning Board
  • Member, National Grain and Feed Association Board of Directors
  • Member, Houston County Zoning and Appeals Board, 1985-1990

Other Info

Astrological Sign:

Sagittarius

  • Farmer

  • Classroom Teacher

Names of Grandchildren:

Mary Kate, Sunni, Jack, and Jake

  • 4

Articles

Sen. Cramer: USDA to Provide $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers

May 21, 2020

U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) making $1 billion in loan guarantees available for rural businesses and agricultural producers: "Secretary Perdue is providing additional avenues for the Trump Administration to help rural Americans receive assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. I encourage North Dakota's businesses and agricultural community to familiarize themselves with these resources to see if they are eligible." USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue made this announcement today. "Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural businesses and agricultural producers and being a strong supporter of all aspects of the rural economy," Secretary Perdue said. "Ensuring more rural agricultural producers are able to gain access to much-needed capital in these unprecedented times is a cornerstone of that commitment." According to USDA, the Department is making up to $1 billion in loan guarantees available to help rural businesses meet their needs Additionally, agricultural producers not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans may receive funding under the USDA Business & Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program.

Sen. Cramer Statement on President Trump's Executive Order to Keep Meat Processing Facilities Open

Apr. 29, 2020

U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order to keep meat and poultry processing facilities open during the COVID-19 pandemic: "The United States must maintain a robust food supply chain, without sacrificing the safety and health of workers or consumers, if we are going to make it through COVID-19. I applaud President Trump for taking further action to support this critical part of our nation's infrastructure and keep food on the shelves for the American people." According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), under President Trump's Executive Order and the authority of the Defense Production Act, USDA will work with meat processing facilities to affirm they will operate in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines. The Department will also work with state and local officials to ensure the plants are allowed to operate. "I thank President Trump for signing this executive order and recognizing the importance of keeping our food supply chain safe, secure, and plentiful. Our nation's meat and poultry processing facilities play an integral role in the continuity of our food supply chain," said USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. "Maintaining the health and safety of these heroic employees in order to ensure that these critical facilities can continue operating is paramount. I also want to thank the companies who are doing their best to keep their workforce safe as well as keeping our food supply sustained. USDA will continue to work with its partners across the federal government to ensure employee safety to maintain this essential industry."

Sen. Cramer Statement on USDA's COVID-19 Food Assistance Program

Apr. 18, 2020

U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiling its COVID-19 food assistance program: "President Trump and Secretary Perdue understand the great importance of protecting our food supply chain and supporting American agriculture. I applaud their efforts, as well as Senator Hoeven, who worked hard to secure support for North Dakota's producers." USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the program details at the White House today. "During this time of national crisis, President Trump and USDA are standing with our farmers, ranchers, and all citizens to make sure they are taken care of," said Secretary Perdue. "The American food supply chain had to adapt, and it remains safe, secure, and strong, and we all know that starts with America's farmers and ranchers. This program will not only provide immediate relief for our farmers and ranchers, but it will also allow for the purchase and distribution of our agricultural abundance to help our fellow Americans in need." Today's program was authorized as part of the CARES Act which Senator Cramer helped pass through the Senate. As detailed by USDA, the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is a $19 billion immediate relief program, with $16 billion in direct support payments and $3 billion in food purchases and distribution.

Events

2020

Jun. 27
10th Anniversary -2020 Great American Campout

EDT

Outdoor Activity Center Atlanta, GA

Feb. 20
96th Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum

EST

U.S. Department of Agriculture Washington D.C.

Feb. 5
Webinar: Farm Income and Financial Forecasts, Feb. 2020 Update

Wed 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

U.S. Department of Agriculture Washington D.C.