Hoeven Meets with Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven this week met with former Georgia Governor George “Sonny” Perdue, the president’s nominee to be U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Hoeven and Perdue discussed the importance of building a coalition to pass a new farm bill and maintaining strong crop insurance options for farmers and ranchers.

“Sonny and I worked together as governors for eight years and he has a solid reputation for working in a bipartisan way. He also understands the importance of our agriculture industry to our economy and knows the challenges facing producers and rural communities,” said Hoeven. “I look forward to working together to craft a good farm bill that supports all of our nation’s producers.”

Hoeven plays a key role in shaping the nation’s agriculture policy as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee. Hoeven also served on the Senate-House Conference Committee that crafted the final farm bill of 2014.