U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will embark on his fourth “Back to Our Roots” tour Monday to hear ideas and concerns from local farmers, ranchers, producers, foresters, agriculture students, business owners, community leaders, and USDA 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 Governor Susana Martinez (NM), Governor John Hickenlooper (CO) Governor Pete Ricketts (NE), Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte (NM), Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown (CO), Agriculture Director Doug Miyamoto (WY), Director of Agriculture Steve Wellman (NE), and American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) 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.”
This is Secretary Perdue’s fourth “Back to Our Roots” tour since taking office just over a year ago. On his first tour in August of 2017, Secretary 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. Most recently, Secretary Perdue visited Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky during his third tour in early April.