First "Back to Our Roots" RV Tour - Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana
Secretary Perdue undertook a five-state RV tour to gather input on the 2018 Farm Bill and increasing rural prosperity. Along the way, he met with farmers, ranchers, foresters, producers, students, governors, Members of Congress, USDA employees, and other stakeholders.
(Pictured) Tasting some sweet corn as he toured the Hunger Task Force Farm, which administers USDA commodity programs and services area food pantries and food banks in and around Franklin, WI.
Secretary Perdue, Indiana Farm Bureau President Randy Kron, Governor Eric J. Holcomb, Lt. Governor Suzanna Crouch, and approximately 40 local farmers attended a Farm Bureau Lunch and participated in a farm bill listening session in the Normandy Barn at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.
Visiting fairgoers, livestock show presenters, FFA members, and 4-H teams showcasing agriculture-related STEM education at the Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport, IA.
Secretary Perdue participated in a discussion of the 2018 Farm Bill with Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap, local farmers, and agriculture leaders at Paap Farm in Garden City, MN.
Discussing the 2018 Farm Bill with Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Raymond Poe, Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, and approximately 50 local farmers at the Beaty Farm in Rochester, IL.
Second "Back to Our Roots" RV Tour - Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire
Secretary Perdue undertook a three-state RV tour to gather more input on the 2018 Farm Bill and increasing rural prosperity. Along the way, Perdue met with farmers, ranchers, foresters, producers, students, governors, Members of Congress, USDA employees, and other stakeholders.
(Pictured) Visiting Prides Corner Nursery, in Lebanon, CT. Owner Mark Sellew led him on a tour before a luncheon and Farm Bill Listening Session, with approximately 40 farmers and producers. The Farm Bill conversation was moderated by Connecticut Farm Bureau Executive Director Henry Talmage.
On the front porch at Davidian Brothers Farm in Northborough, MA for a townhall with Massachusetts Farm Bureau President and farm owner Ed Davidian, Representative Jim McGovern (MA-2), Massachusetts Agriculture Commissioner John Lebeaux, and approximately 75 farmers and producers.
In Loudon, NH, Lef Farms President and CEO Henry Huntington led Secretary Perdue on a tour of the precision controlled hydroponic system - in the time it takes for a gutter of baby greens to travel from one end of a greenhouse to the other, plants grow from seed to a harvestable size.
Third "Back to Our Roots" RV Tour - Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky
Kicking off his third RV tour to hear ideas and concerns from local farmers, agriculture students and researchers, business owners, community leaders, and USDA employees. He was also joined by Administrator Linda McMahon, the head of the Small Business Administration, for part of the tour.
(Pictured) Secretary Perdue and Administrator McMahon tour Amherst Greenhouse in Harrod, OH.
Making some moo calls to the cattle cared for by the students of the Montgomery County High School Agriculture Department in Mount Sterling, KY.
Speaking to students and faculty at Michigan State University's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and toured the college's agriculture research lab in East Lansing, MI.
“These principles will be used as a road map – they are our way of letting Congress know what we’ve heard from the hard-working men and women of American agriculture. While we understand it’s the legislature’s job to write the Farm Bill, USDA will be right there providing whatever counsel Congress may request or require,” said Secretary Perdue.
(Pictured) Secretary Perdue toured Reinford Farms outside of Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, and held a town hall meeting where he rolled out USDA’s 2018 Farm Bill and Legislative Principles.
In January 2018, Secretary Perdue unveiled Farmers.gov, the new interactive one-stop website for producers maintained by the USDA. Farmers.gov is now live and will have multiple features added over the coming months to allow agricultural producers to make appointments with USDA offices, file forms, and apply for USDA programs.
"My mission is to serve you and to help you as you are growing a legacy that learns; as you are growing a legacy that leads; as you are growing a legacy that feeds; as you are growing a legacy that believes; and you are growing a legacy that inspires," Secretary Perdue said. "You inspire me."
Greeted by 4-H members during his visit to the Georgia State Fair in Perry, GA.
Joined by National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Leon Andrews and DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director Keith A. Anderson to hand out breakfast at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center in Washington, D.C. to highlight the critical role local park and recreation agencies play in providing activities, programming, and meals to children during out-of-school time throughout the country.
Secretary Perdue announced an interim rule providing regulatory flexibility for the National School Lunch Program at Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, VA.
On an aerial reconnaissance of damaged cotton fields as part of the USDA's relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
Observing cotton that was flooded with water from Hurricane Harvey, while surveying agricultural damage from Houston to El Campo, TX.
Secretary Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke received a first-hand look at a Forest Service smokejumper and aviation base, in Missoula, MT.
Angeles National Forest Fire Chief Robert Garcia described to Secretary Perdue the strategies, tactics, and challenges of fighting the fires near San Fernando, CA.
(Pictured) Answering a question from 28th Bomb Wing, 28th Civil Engineering Squadron, Explosive Ordinance Disposal Flight Logistics Section Superintendent Technical Sergeant Kurt Abrahamson during a Veterans-to-Agriculture listening session with transitioning Airmen and their families at Ellsworth AFB, SD.