U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be in New Mexico on MONDAY, May 14th to visit Santa Fe national forest headquarters, tour the Santa Fe watershed, and participate in a roundtable discussion with Governor Susana Martinez and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte.
Secretary Perdue is embarking on his fourth "Back to Our Roots" tour to hear ideas and concerns from local farmers, ranchers, producers, foresters, agriculture students, business owners, community leaders, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) employees. The tour will last through Thursday and include stops in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska.
Perdue will visit Nebraska on Thursday and will be joined by Governor Pete Ricketts to tour Ackerman Ag Service and Supply in Alliance.
During different segments of the tour, Secretary Perdue will also be joined by Governor John Hickenlooper (CO) Governor Pete Ricketts (NE), 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 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.
Information provided by USDA