Perdue Heads toward USDA Position

Sonny Perdue, the nominee for Secretary of Agriculture, received a warm welcome this week in the Senate at his confirmation hearing. Perdue, the former governor of Georgia, addressed bipartisan concerns about budget cuts, immigration curbs, and limits on free trade.

If confirmed by the Senate, Perdue would oversee the USDA, an agency with nearly 100,000 employees that focuses on agriculture, forestry, rural development, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.