Georgia Magazine - April 2018 - 16

Secretary of Agriculture

Sonny
Perdue

First Georgian to lead the USDA

S

PRESTON KERES

COURTESY USDA

BY JACKIE KENNEDY

onny Perdue's first year as secretary of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) has found
him in both new and familiar territories. Among
the new: riding shotgun in a Blackhawk helicopter over
flooded Texas cotton fields. The familiar: visiting farmers
and ranchers to hear their stories and concerns.
Last summer, Perdue and his team traveled through
the Midwest via RV on what they called the "Back to our
Roots" tour. They talked with food producers, students
and stakeholders to prepare for the USDA's input on the
2018 Farm Bill. He says the "listening tours" give him the
opportunity to hear straight talk from rural people.
"They are the ones on the front lines of American
agriculture, and they know best what the current issues
are," Perdue says.
The former Georgia governor visited the front lines
himself in September, accompanying Texas congressional leaders in a helicopter to survey agricultural
damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.
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With his wife, Mary, by his side, Sonny Perdue is sworn in as the
31st secretary of agriculture by U.S. Supreme Court Associate
Justice Clarence Thomas on April 25, 2017, at the Supreme Court in
Washington, D.C.

It's just another way he's gotten his new administration off the ground.
Perdue was sworn in April 25, 2017, as the nation's
31st U.S. secretary of agriculture. Fellow Georgian and
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas
officiated in a ceremony at the Supreme Court building
in Washington, D.C. That morning, Perdue introduced
his official USDA Twitter handle: @SecretarySonny.

Farmhand history
Perdue is up before the sun most mornings, arriving at his Washington, D.C., office by 6:45. That may
sound early to some, but for Perdue this schedule allows
more sleep than he got growing up on a dairy farm in

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