SAF Welcomes Perdue’s Nomination as Agriculture Secretary

January 25, 2017

Statement from Matt Menashes, CEO, Society of American Foresters

“SAF welcomes the nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be the nation’s next Secretary of Agriculture. As Georgia’s governor, he recognized the critical importance of managing and sustaining forests as one of Georgia’s precious natural resources, and consistently championed policies that promoted and supported stewardship and benefited rural communities. SAF’s diverse membership of foresters and other natural resources professionals looks forward to working with Perdue and landowners to manage and protect these important private and public forests. 

Perdue understands the role of the US Department of Agriculture plays in forestry, conservation, risk management, and trade and the different needs of various regions of the country. This knowledge and experience will be important as work continues to identify a solution to wildfire funding and the 115th Congress gets started on the next Farm Bill.”