Perdue to visit N.M., Colo., Neb., during his ‘Back to our Roots’ tour
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will embark on his fourth “Back to Our Roots” tour on May 14 to hear ideas and concerns from local farmers, ranchers, producers, foresters, agriculture students, business owners, community leaders and U.S. Department of Agriculture employees.
The tour will last through Thursday and include stops in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. During different segments of the tour, Secretary Perdue will be joined by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte (N.M.), Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown (Colo.), Agriculture Director Doug Miyamoto (Wyo.), Director of Agriculture Steve Wellman (Neb.), and American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.
“This tour is another great chance to escape Washington and meet face-to-face with America’s farmers, ranchers, producers and foresters,” Secretary Perdue said. “We want to take our message directly to the American people and give them an opportunity to express their ideas and concerns. As congress and the administration continue their work on important issues like rural infrastructure, trade, and the farm bill, USDA stands ready to give the agriculture community a voice.”
PERDUE’S SCHEDULE IN COLORADO, Wyoming, NEBRASKA
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Monday, May 14
Secretary Perdue Visits Hirakata Farms
WHAT: Secretary Perdue will tour Hirakata Farms with owner Michael Hirakata.
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. MDT
WHERE: Hirakata Farms, 22161 County Road CC, Rocky Ford, CO 80906
Tuesday, May 15
Secretary Perdue Visits Food Maven
WHAT: Secretary Perdue will tour the food distribution center with Patrick Bultema, CEO of Food Maven. The secretary will then participate in a roundtable discussion with the Food Maven board and its partnering producers and restauranteurs. Following the roundtable discussion, Secretary Perdue will hold a media availability.
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. MDT
WHERE: 218 West Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Secretary Perdue, Commissioner Brown, and AFBF President Duvall Participates in Town Hall Luncheon at the Colorado Department of Agriculture
WHAT: Secretary Perdue, Commissioner Brown, and AFBF President Duvall will join a town hall luncheon hosted by the Colorado Ag Council.
WHEN: 12 p.m. MDT
WHERE: San Juan Room, Colorado Department of Agriculture, 305 Interlocken Parkway, Broomfield, CO 80021
Secretary Perdue and AFBF President Duvall Attend Labor Roundtable at Sakata Farms
WHAT: Secretary Perdue and AFBF President Duvall will participate in a roundtable conversation with fruit and vegetable growers to discuss labor issues. Following the roundtable discussion, Secretary Perdue and Gov. Hickenlooper will hold a media availability.
WHEN: 2:15 p.m. MDT
WHERE: Sakata Farm Conference Room, 384 East Bromley Lane, Brighton, CO 80601
Secretary Perdue and AFBF President Zippy Duvall Tour Leprino Foods
WHAT: Secretary Perdue and AFBF President Duvall will meet Mike Durkin, president and CEO of Leprino Foods, before touring the Greeley facility. The secretary will hold a media availability after the tour; however, press will not be allowed to tour the facility due to the facility’s food safety protocol.
WHEN: 4 p.m. MDT (Tour) and 5 p.m. MDT (Media Availability)
WHERE: Leprino Foods: Greeley Facility, 1302 1st Ave., Greeley, CO 80631
WEDNESDAY, May 16
Secretary Perdue Visits National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation & National Seed Storage Lab
WHAT: Secretary Perdue will meet with USDA Agricultural Research Service employees before touring the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation & National Seed Storage Lab. Following the tour, the secretary will hold a media availability.
WHEN: 10:15 a.m. MDT
WHERE: National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation & National Seed Storage Lab, 1111 South Mason St., Fort Collins, CO 80512
Secretary Perdue Visits the APHIS National Wildlife Research Center
WHAT: Secretary Perdue will visit the APHIS National Wildlife Research Center to hear an overview of the National Feral Swine Damage Management Program and Feral Swine Research Program. The Secretary will then tour the facility to observe the Genetics Lab, Toxicology Lab, a Drone/Unmanned Aircraft Systems Demonstration, Rabies Research, and a Remote Darting Demonstration. Following the tour, the secretary will hold a media availability.
WHEN: 12 p.m. MDT
WHERE: Wildlife Science Building, 4101 Laporte Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80512
Secretary Perdue Visits Climb Wyoming
WHAT: Secretary Perdue will tour Climb Wyoming before participating in a roundtable discussion with program graduates, employer partners, training providers and other stakeholders. Following the event, the secretary will hold a media availability.
WHEN: 3:20 p.m. MDT
WHERE: Climb Wyoming, 1001 West 31st St., Cheyenne, WY 82001
Secretary Perdue and Director Miyamoto Participate in Roundtable at Wyoming Stock Growers Association
WHAT: Secretary Perdue and Director Miyamoto will participate in a roundtable discussion with Wyoming Stock Growers Association and other Wyoming agriculture stakeholders. Following the roundtable, the secretary will hold a media availability.
WHEN: 5:10 p.m. MDT
WHERE: Wyoming Stock Growers Association Office, 113 East 20th St., Cheyenne, WY 82001
THURSDAY, May 17
Secretary Perdue, Gov. Ricketts, and Director Wellman Visit Ackerman Ag Service and Supply
WHAT: Secretary Perdue, Gov. Ricketts, and Director Wellman will tour Ackerman Ag Service and Supply before the secretary and governor participate in a discussion on various rural issues with local leaders. After the event, the secretary will hold a media availability.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. MDT
WHERE: Ackerman Ag Service and Supply, 115 Cody Ave., Alliance, NE 69301 ❖
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