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Sonny Perdue coops up Obama-era poultry regulations

7:00 am Oct. 19, 2017

WASHINGTON —U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue moved to kill a set of Obama-era regulations on Wednesday that was designed to level the legal playing field between poultry farmers and the large processing companies that ultimately deliver that chicken to America’s dinner plates.

His decision will have major implications for Georgia, which leads the nation in broiler chicken production, and the ability of small farmers to take legal action against the

Sonny Perdue just says no to growing medicinal marijuana in Georgia

2:00 pm Jul. 13, 2017

This article previously appeared in the Daily Jolt:

The backers of an effort to expand Georgia’s medical marijuana program won’t be able to rely on support from the nation’s top farm official.

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue, now Donald Trump’s agriculture secretary, said a measure that would allow farmers to cultivate medical marijuana in Georgia is “against federal law” and indicated he would oppose the effort.

“The fact is I think it’s a

In rethinking Cuba policy, Donald Trump could be picking a fight with Georgia farmers

6:20 pm May. 31, 2017

Georgia’s first big argument with President Donald Trump may be lurking on the horizon.

Word dripping from a leaky White House has Trump in Miami later this month, where he intends to announce the re-imposition of U.S. restrictions on contacts with Cuba, which had been loosened by the Obama administration.

Details are scarce, but you can bet that lobbyists for Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines – the latter just opened a ticket

Sonny Perdue keeps familiar faces on staff at USDA

1:32 pm May. 12, 2017

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has wasted no time in adapting to his new-ish role as agriculture secretary under President Donald Trump.

In just a few short weeks, Perdue has moved to change school lunch policies,  issued a “religious liberty” order and tried to reassure America’s farmers about U.S. trade policy.

But Perdue has kept a pair of familiar faces around to help.

Heidi Green, Perdue’s former business partner and a