President Donald Trump took his oath of office on Jan. 20 and thus far beef associations have been happy with the appointments he has made.
Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue was Trump’s final cabinet appointment being nominated for Secretary of Agriculture a day prior to the inauguration.
Kyle Gillooly, a seedstock producer from Wadley, Ga., and president of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association thinks Perdue will be a great Secretary of Agriculture.
“Governor Perdue has always been a strong supporter of agriculture. His background in agribusiness and as a veterinarian will bring a wealth of knowledge and real-world common sense to a department that is vitally important to the success of our nation,” Gillooy says.
Nominations of Robert Lighthizer for U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and Scott Pruitt as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were both welcomed by United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA).
“As the former Oklahoma attorney general, Scott Pruitt signaled his opposition to regulatory overreach in his actions against the implementation of the EPA's Waters of the U.S. Rule. Robert Lighthizer, a former deputy USTR under President Ronald Reagan and a current prominent trade attorney, has the necessary background to expand market access for U.S. beef, while also protecting the health of the domestic herd,” says Kenny Graner, USCA president.
The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) is also in support of Pruitt as the leader of the EPA.
“Cattlemen are ready for an EPA Administrator who will bring transformational change to an agency that should base policies and regulations on legitimate science. A little common sense wouldn’t hurt either,” said MCA President Butch Meier, a cattle producer from Jackson, Mo.
The Public Lands Council believes Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) is an excellent choice for the Secretary of Interior.
“Having a Secretary of Interior who understands public lands, and who values true cooperation with stakeholders is in the best interest of all Americans,” says Dave Eliason, PLC president.