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January 19, 2017
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GEORGIA’S SONNY PERDUE NOMINATED TO LEAD AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT
Covington, GA – Georgia’s Sonny Perdue has been chosen by President-Elect Donald Trump to lead the Department of Agriculture. Perdue, who served two terms as the state’s Governor, is considered by many to be not only a staunch supporter of rural farmers but also an advocate for our natural resources.
“Governor Perdue is a true sportsman and committed conservationist who prioritized improving the natural resources of Georgia throughout his tenure,� said Mike Worley, president and CEO of the Georgia Wildlife Federation who frequently quail hunts with the Governor. �A key part of Governor Perdue�s legacy was improving conservation on private working lands and engaging sportsmen to improve outdoor opportunities across the state. He�s an outstanding wing shot and has always been a friend to hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts.”
Perdue’s commitment to conservation is evidenced by his continued support of programs such as Georgia Hunters for the Hungry, a long-time program of the Georgia Wildlife Federation with the mission of supplying local food kitchens with venison donated by hunters throughout the state.
Other conservation organizations across the nation, including the National Wildlife Federation, have high expectations for Perdue.
�Advancing wildlife and natural resource conservation on America�s farms and forests are among the key responsibilities of the Secretary of Agriculture,� said Collin O�Mara, president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation. �As a hunter and angler, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue understands the importance of wildlife conservation and has a record of working with both Republicans and Democrats to advance innovative land conservation programs, improve water quality and water conservation, restore longleaf pine forests, and expand recycling programs.”
As Secretary of Agriculture, Perdue will face a multitude of conservation challenges such as chronic wasting disease in our deer populations, devastating wildfires in and around our national parks, and threats to water availability and quality. The Georgia Wildlife Federation understands the importance of these critical issues and looks forward to working with him to find responsible, science-based solutions.
About Georgia Wildlife Federation
Georgia Wildlife Federation was founded as a sportsman’s organization in 1936 and is Georgia’s oldest and largest conservation organization. Today, members include hunters, anglers, bird watchers, hikers, educators, and all Georgians who are interested in preserving our natural resources and outdoor heritage.