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.”