Washington Ag Issues Outlook For October

October 3, 2017

Bring in the cavalry: October could be the month Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue finally gets some help running USDA. The Senate Agriculture Committee held a confirmation hearing in late September on the nominations of Stephen Censky for deputy secretary and Ted McKinney for the newly created trade undersecretary - both of whom have solid support. Expect a vote early this month to send their nominations to the floor. The committee also seems poised to move quickly on two more nominations for USDA undersecretary posts: Bill Northey, to lead farm services,