WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will kick off his third “Back to Our Roots” RV tour on April 3 to hear ideas and concerns from local farmers, agriculture students and researchers, business owners, community leaders, and USDA employees.
Perdue will also be joined by Administrator Linda McMahon, the head of the Small Business Administration (SBA), for part of the tour. The tour spans includes stops in Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky.
“As always, our ‘Back to our Roots’ RV tour is an opportunity to get out of Washington, D.C. to hear directly from the American people in the agriculture community,” Perdue said. “While Congress continues its work on the Farm Bill, rural prosperity, and many other agriculture priorities, USDA stands ready to assist in any way possible and to be a voice for America’s farmers, ranchers, producers, and foresters.”
This is Perdue’s third “Back to Our Roots” tour since taking office just under a year ago. On his first tour, in August of 2017, Perdue toured Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. In September of 2017, Secretary Perdue traveled on his second tour to Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The secretary will visit the following on his latest ‘Back to Our Roots” tour:
April 3, Michigan — Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Clemens Pork Processing Plant and Mastronardi Produce.
April 4, Ohio — Amherst Greenhouse, Townhall with Lima (Ohio) Chamber of Commerce and Ohio Farm Bureau, The City Club, Celina (Ohio) Tent Co., Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio.
April 5, Ohio — Miami Township Fire-Rescue and Central State University’s (CSU) College of Engineering, Science, Technology and Agriculture.
April 5, Kentucky — Kentucky Farm Bureau, May’s Lick Mill and Harold White Lumber Co., Morehead, Ky.
April 6, Kentucky — Sorghum Farm and Mill, Jeffersonville, Ky., Montgomery County High School’s Agriculture Department and Keeneland Race Track, Lexington, Ky.