WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate’s negligence in scheduling a floor vote to confirm U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Nominee Sonny Perdue has left farmers and ranchers without relief following the destruction of more than 1.5 million acres burned in ongoing prairie wildfires. These wildfires began burning on March 6, almost one month ago today.
America’s farmers and ranchers in primarily Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas will finally receive assistance due to President Trump directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to authorize emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program lands.
“The ranchers and farmers in the region have suffered the loss of thousands of heads of cattle and hogs, as well as significant property damage,” said President Trump in a memo authorizing emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve program (CRP) lands today to USDA Acting Deputy Secretary Michael L. Young. “This relief will allow those affected to care for their remaining livestock,” he concluded.
Following the President’s directive, Young issued a memorandum authorizing the emergency grazing and stated, “Ranchers are facing devastating conditions and economic calamity because of these wildfires and they need some relief, or else they face the total loss of their herds in many cases,” said Acting Deputy Secretary Young. “These measures will allow them to salvage what remains of their cattle and return to the important business of feeding Americans and the rest of the world. I commend and thank President Trump for acting decisively in response to this dire situation.”
Sonny Perdue has garnered the unsolicited endorsement of more than 700 agriculture-related organizations and six former Secretaries of Agriculture. The U.S. Senate cannot allow partisanship to leave our nation’s farmers, ranchers, and consumers without leadership at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and should schedule a floor vote to confirm Secretary of Agriculture Nominee Sonny Perdue immediately.
The Office of Secretary of Agriculture Nominee Sonny Perdue
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