AFBF President Duvall in New York Times: Perdue as Ethical as They Come

News / In The News Mar 9th, 2017

A recent New York Times article quoted American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall on the ethics of U.S. agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue. While the article included criticisms of Perdue as Georgia governor, it noted that he is backed by AFBF and others in agriculture.

Duvall told the Times that a former farmer like Perdue should run the Agriculture Department. “He has worked on a farm and owned businesses that buy and sell grain domestically and internationally. It ought to be a requirement that someone who runs the U.S.D.A. knows something about farming. And Sonny certainly does,” Duvall said. “I don’t think you are going to find a man any more honorable than Sonny Perdue. He is as ethical as they come.”  

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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee earlier this week approved the Farm Bureau-supported Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (S. 951).

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American Farm Bureau Federation’s John Newton was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on trade relations between the U.S. and Canada. While “a fight over a little-known dairy product sits at the center of increasing tensions between the U.S. and Canada over broader trade issues” explained the Journal, U.S. agriculture is alarmed by the Trump administration’s attacks on the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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