Trump Adds Rick Perry, Jim Gilmore To Campaign As Agriculture Advisors

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced a 64-person team of agriculture policy advisors Tuesday, to help his campaign develop “pioneering new ideas to strengthen our nation’s agricultural industry,” according to a campaign announcement.

“The members of my agricultural advisory committee represent the best that America can offer to help serve agricultural communities,” Trump said in the statement. “Many of these officials have been elected by their communities to solve the issues that impact our rural areas every day. I’m very proud to stand with these men and women, and look forward to serving those who serve all Americans from the White House.”

Trump’s agriculture policies will reflect “the critical role our nation’s agricultural community plays in feeding not only our country, but the world, and how important these Americans are to powering our nation’s economy,” the announcement says.

The team is lead by Charles Herbster, who will serve as committee chairman, and Sam Clovis, national chief policy advisor for Trump’s campaign.

The agriculture advisory committee includes 2016 GOP primary rivals Rick Perry and Jim Gilmore, as well as six governors: Terry Branstad of Iowa, Sam Brownback of Kan., Pete Ricketts of Neb., Mary Fallin of Okla., Dennis Daugaard of S.D., and Jack Dalrymple of N.D..

Five Republican members of Congress joined the committee as well: Sen. Pat Roberts of Kan. and Reps. Robert Aderholt of Ala., Mike Conaway of Texas, Rodney Davis of Ill. and Bob Goodlatte of Va.

Others on the committee include John Block, who served as secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture under President Ronald Reagan, Harris Teeter grocery store CEO Bob Goodale, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, and Red Steagall, the official cowboy poet of Texas.(RELATED: Meet The Texas Rodeo Champion Advising Donald Trump On Agriculture)

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton currently leads Trump by 4.6 percent in a four-way matchup with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Current agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack said recently that Trump’s lack of popularity leaves an opening for Clinton to attract rural voters to the Democratic ticket (RELATED: Clinton Farms Rural Voters With Promises of Government Relief) 

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