10/04/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/04/2017 07:11
NASDA Members across the nation have been meeting with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to talk about issues affecting their state and the nation. Since his confirmation by the Senate in late April, Secretary Perdue has met with over 20 members with more to come by the end of the year. Below are a few meetings NASDA Members have had with Secretary Perdue.
In July, Secretary Perdue made his way to Alabama where Commissioner John McMillan sat in on a discussion and roundtable with Perdue and other commodity leaders.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue greets Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy during an Aug. 31 tour of Pride's Corner Farm in Lebanon, CT, that included Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner and newly-elected NASDA President Steven K. Reviczky.
Secretary Michael Scuse met with Secretary Perdue and other agricultural leaders to discuss concerns within the agriculture industry.
Alongside Secretary Perdue and Senator Marco Rubio, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam toured Florida and surveyed damage from Hurricane Irma. They also met with farmers affected by the hurricane.
Commissioner Gary Black showed Secretary Perdue the damage of Hurricane Irma at Mason Pecans.
NASDA Member and Idaho Department of Agriculture Director Celia Gould set up a meeting with Secretary Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to speak with 10 different Idaho farmers and ranchers. Gould's intent was to have farmers and ranchers speak directly with the secretaries to give unfiltered opinions.
Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Raymond Poe hosted a Farm Bill listening session with Secretary Perdue and the Illinois Farm Bureau. Secretary Perdue and Director Poe were able to speak with farmers directly on their issues and concerns with the Farm Bill.
Secretary Perdue kicked off the last stop on his 'Back to Our Roots' RV Tour in Indiana. He started the day by promoting USDA's role in the NFL's Fuel Up to Play 60 program with retired football great and NFL Hall-of-Famer Marshall Faulk. Secretary Perdue then participated in a 2018 Farm Bill listening session at the Indiana State Fair with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Indiana Farm Bureau President Randy Kron, and members of the agriculture community. Finally, he took a tour of the Indiana State fairgrounds stopping by a variety of locations like the 4-H Exhibition Hall, Indiana FFA Pavilion, Glass Barn, and Pioneer Village.
In his first post-confirmation appearance outside of Washington, D.C., Secretary Perdue visited Kansas City yesterday and today. Perdue spent time at the USDA Service Center in Kansas City, and spoke at an ag town hall at the American Royal Complex hosted by the Agricultural Business
Director Ibach traveled with the Secretary in June to promote and celebrate the return of U.S. beef to the Chinese marketplace.
In May - Director Ibach and Senator Deb Fischer hosted Perdue in Valentine, Nebraska at Senator Fischer's Sunny Slope Ranch.
Commissioner Lorraine Merrill and Secretary Perdue toured the Lindt Chocolate Factory together on his recent trip to New Hampshire, a stop on his 'Back To Our Roots' Tour.
South Carolina Department of Agriculture Commissioner Weathers hosted a forum for Sec. Perdue and South Carolina farmers at his home last month. This allowed for local farmers to express their concerns and needs for the 2018 Farm Bill. 'He has challenged us to give input and challenged young farmers to provide some input so the changes that come about, you can't just push it off to the fact that we did not have an opportunity,' said Weathers on the experience.
Secretary Perdue toured ag-related Hurricane Harvey damage, including a flooded cotton field on September 21, 2017. He was joined by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Congressman Mike Conaway. Secretary Perdue also hosted a roundtable for local ag producers affected by the hurricane.
Commissioner Kent Leonhardt showed Secretary Perdue agriculture in his state and discussed the potential for agriculture in West Virginia.
Secretary Perdue and Secretary Brancel toured the Wisconsin State Fair with Governor Walker on August 3, 2017. While there, he participated in the State Fair opening ceremonies and met dairy youth exhibitors in the barns. After the tour, Secretary Perdue held a listening session with farmers to discuss the upcoming Farm Bill.
Above are just a few examples of the relationship between Secretary Perdue and NASDA. The partnership between NASDA members and Secretary Perdue and the USDA will only continue to grow. If we have missed your state's engagement with Secretary Perdue, please contact Amanda Culp at [email protected] to be added to this article.