BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Corn Growers Association President Justin Durdan, a farmer from Utica, issued the following statement regarding President-Elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Sonny Perdue to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“We’re pleased to see that President-Elect Trump has chosen to nominate Sonny Perdue to his Cabinet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture plays an important role for corn farmers. By all accounts it seems that Mr. Perdue is well situated to quickly get up to speed and continue the good work of USDA. He will need to hit the ground running as USDA’s guidance on issues facing corn farmers. For instance, his experience in expanding domestic and international sales opportunities should serve us well in securing future trade agreements.
“We also hope Mr. Perdue will take a look at ethanol and consider how he can best support this homegrown, renewable fuel that has helped to buffer rural areas from the worst of the economic recession. He can certainly look to USDA’s RCPP program as a great opportunity for rural America. It has benefitted Illinoisans with its $5 million investment in conservation programs that improve nutrient management and water quality for all.
“We look forward to getting to know Mr. Perdue once he is confirmed by the Senate. Given his previous work and leadership roles, we’re sure that he will be a great connection for corn farmers with the Trump Administration.”