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Sonny Perdue

Trade groups praise choice of Perdue for USDA

Emphasize track record in Georgia, farm background

Industry trade associations on Thursday were largely approving of the appointment of Sonny Perdue as U.S. secretary of agriculture, lauding the two-term Georgia governor as a practical leader with a track record of addressing challenges facing agricultural producers and small businesses, and opposing costly regulations.

Perdue, who grew up on farm in rural Georgia and whose cousin, David Purdue, is a Republican senator and one-time CEO of retailer Dollar General, was said to be favore

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