January 19, 2017 · No Comments
Atlanta, Georgia, January 19, 2017: United Egg Producers President Chad Gregory today released the following statement regarding the nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture:
“Today, President-Elect Donald Trump took an important step forward for America’s farm community when he nominated former Georgia Governor George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue as the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. As a veterinarian, policy maker, small business owner and seasoned public servant, Governor Perdue has the experience and integrity to be most deserving of this nomination.
“Governor Perdue understands both the challenges of being a family farmer in today’s modern food system, as well as the vast opportunities that are available to America’s farmers in assuring a safe, abundant and affordable food supply. He will bring to agriculture a diverse perspective and reasoned leadership that will benefit farmers and the business customers and consumers they serve.
“Certainly, there is no Cabinet position more important to U.S. egg farmers than Secretary of Agriculture.
USDA plays an essential role for our industry, whether for food safety, animal health, trade promotion, marketing assistance or federal procurement. As the recognized voice of U.S. egg farmers, who produce 95 percent of eggs in the nation, United Egg Producers strongly supports Governor Perdue’s nomination and encourages the U.S. Senate to do the same.”
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CONTACT: Hinda Mitchell, on behalf of UEP, 614.537.8926
United Egg Producers (UEP) is a cooperative of U.S. egg farmers working collaboratively to address legislative, regulatory and advocacy issues impacting the industry through active farmer-member leadership, a unified voice and partnership across the agriculture community. UEP’s farmer-members work to provide for the health and well-being of their birds; to produce safe, nutritious, high-quality eggs; and to manage their farms responsibly with best on-farm management practices. Leadership of and participation in the UEP Certified program by the vast majority of egg producers further demonstrates a broad commitment to the care of egg-laying hens. UEP also manages the national Egg Safety Center, a leading resource for consumer and industry information on the safe production of eggs and prevention of disease. Formed in 1968, UEP members represent about 95 percent of US egg production.