Senator David Perdue Introduces Commissioner Gary Black In Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, introduced Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black in a committee hearing addressing pesticide registration and how to give stakeholders more regulatory certainty through the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act.

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“I’m proud to introduce Georgia’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Gary Black. Gary is a personal friend of mine, has been for years. He is a dedicated partner and advocate for our farmers in Georgia. Throughout a 35 year career in agriculture, he is a farmer. He’s been very focused on federal policies working at the state level, and working on the impacts of food safety, science-based environmental stewardship, and marketing.

Agriculture in our state is our largest economy, and we take it very seriously that Gary Black is our number one marketing officer for that industry. He has consistently supported us to where we are the number one state in the country for peanuts, broilers, pecans, and blueberries. Commissioner Black’s perspective on pesticide registration is especially important since states are partners with the federal government in this process.

Over the last two decades, the ag seed and chemical industry has seen a substantial increase in the cost and time of getting new technologies from discovery and development, to farmers in the field. A large portion of these increased costs is from the increasingly complex and onerous federal regulatory environment.

It’s important that the EPA and the USDA work with their state partners like Commissioner Black to ensure the process of getting pesticides to market is done in a timely manner, while still ensuring their safety. Thank you, Gary, for being here with us today. Your insight is important to Georgia and our country. I look forward to your testimony.” 


Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.