NAEBA Joins Other Associations to Petition USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue

May 25, 2017


A new sheriff is in town for the United States Department of Agriculture. Sonny Perdue, a former Governor of Georgia, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the new head of USDA.  Perdue was President Donald Trump’s pick to succeed Tom Vilsack, who led the USDA for the previous eight years.

The cervid industry sees the change as an opportunity to bring a more efficient rule making process for the agency.  In May, 25 state and national cervid associations signed a joint letter to Secretary Perdue to ask for his help to bring much needed reform to the entire rule making process and also asked for relief from over-regulation of the cervid industry.

“For too many years, many agricultural industries have been crippled by over-regulation and we are hopeful this administration will be able to ease some of that burden,” the joint letter stated in the appeal to Perdue.

The letter gave examples of the process being so cumbersome that it usually takes USDA APHIS ten years or more to promulgate a rule.  By the time the proposed rule is published for public comment, it is already out dated. 

The industry associations noted the recent examples of the Bovine and Cervid Tuberculosis and Brucellosis Rule that was released for public comment in 2016 and the broken process of the federal Chronic Wasting Disease rule.

Cervid industry leaders noted they look forward to working with the new administration.

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