COLORADO – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will embark on his fourth “Back to Our Roots” tour next week, with three days of planned stops in Colorado, to meet and hear concerns from local farmers, agriculture researchers and business owners.
“This tour is another great chance to escape Washington and meet face-to-face with America’s farmers, ranchers, producers and foresters,” Perdue said. “We want to take our message directly to the American people and give them an opportunity to express their ideas and concerns.”
From Monday, May 14 to Wednesday, May 16, Perdue will visit Hirakata Farms, produce growers in Rocky Ford, Food Maven, a food-distribution center in Colorado Springs, join a town hall luncheon hosted by the Colorado Ag Council in Broomfield, visit growers Sakata Farms in Brighton to discuss labor issues, and then tour Leprino Foods’s facility in Greeley.
His final plans include a visit with USDA Agricultural Research Service employees and a tour of the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation & National Seed Storage Lab in Fort Collins, then a visit at the APHIS National Wildlife Research Center, also in Fort Collins.
Also participating at the various stops will be Governor John Hickenlooper and Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown. Other states on the tour include New Mexico, Wyoming and Nebraska.
“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 said.
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