Barry Carpenter, president and CEO of the North American Meat Institute, issued the following statement in response to the nomination of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

"We welcome news that a person like Governor Sonny Perdue, with his extensive knowledge and experience in the agricultural sector, has been nominated to serve as the Secretary of Agriculture. Agriculture is a critically important sector of the U.S. economy and is responsible for feeding Americans and people around the world.


We look forward to working with Governor Perdue to ensure the safety of the nation's meat and poultry supply and to address the challenges facing our industry.”