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Illinois farmers hopeful about Sonny Perdue, Trump's pick for ag secretary

Illinois farmers hopeful about Sonny Perdue, Trump's pick for ag secretary

President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promise to make lives easier for farmers by easing environmental regulations resonated with Matthew Starr, a corn and soybean farmer in downstate Hancock County.

Now Starr is hoping Sonny Perdue, Trump's choice for secretary of agriculture, will help fulfill some of those promises.

"To be honest, there's been a real sense of frustration in the agriculture world. It's become hard to jump through all the hoops," said Starr, who also raises pigs on the 2,500-acre farm that's been in his family for five generations.

Perdue, a former Georgia governor who became Trump's final Cabinet pick Thursday, will have the difficult job...

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