South Dakota's U.S. Senators are praising the Senate's confirmation of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture.

Perdue has assured nervous farm state senators that he'll advocate for rural America, even as President Donald Trump's administration has proposed deep cuts to some farm programs.

Both Senator John Thune and Senator Mike Rounds voted for him, as he was confirmed Monday by a vote of 87 to 11. Thune touted Perdue's experience as a farmer, agribusinessman and public servant.

Rounds and Perdue were fellow governors. Rounds says Perdue's leadership skills and knowledge of production agriculture will be beneficial as the Senate begins work on a new farm bill.

South Dakota U.S. Representative Kristi Noem also is a Perdue supporter, saying he's a close family friend and she can attest to his character.

Source: Associated Press

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