Sec of ag Sonny Perdue testifies before House Agriculture Committee USDA photo by Preston Keres
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue testifies in front of the House Committee on Agriculture in Washington, D.C., May 17, 2017, to share his perspective on the economic outlook in rural America along with his vision for USDA and the role it will play in ensuring that our country continues to enjoy the safest, most abundant, and most affordable food supply in the world.

Senate Democrats raise concerns with rural development cuts

Letter to President Trump details how drastic budget cuts and plans to eliminate rural development undersecretary would hurt small towns and rural communities.

Concern is growing among Senate Democrats over Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture reorganization plan that would eliminate USDA’s undersecretary for rural development as well as the White House’s proposed deep cuts to USDA's Rural Development mission area.

All access premium subscription

This content requires a subscription to Feedstuffs in order to access. If you are a paid subscriber, use your email and password to Log In now.

Current Feedstuffs Subscribers: Online and mobile access are now included at no charge to you. To read this article, use your subscriber email and password to log-in to your account (or contact us for assistance in updating your account.)

Not Currently a Subscriber: Subscribe NOW to Feedstuffs and receive our print and/or digital publications, enewsletters and premium online content. Visit and click on Subscribe at the top of the page for more information.



Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.