05-16-18 USDA Secretary Perdue Continues Fourth “Back to Our Roots” Tour in CO, WY & CO

USDA Secretary Perdue Continues Fourth “Back to Our Roots” Tour in CO, WY & CO

(Washington, D.C., May 16, 2018) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be in Colorado and Wyoming TODAY Wednesday, May 16th to meet with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) employees before touring the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation & National Seed Storage Lab. He will also visit an Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) National Wildlife Research Center to hear an overview of the National Feral Swine Damage Management Program and Feral Swine Research Program. Later, the Secretary will visit Climb Wyoming for a roundtable discussion and join Wyoming Agriculture Director Doug Miyamoto at the Wyoming Stock Growers Association.

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 USDA employees. The tour will last through Thursday and include stops in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. During the remaining segments of the tour, Secretary Perdue will also be joined by Governor Pete Ricketts (NE) and Director of Agriculture Steve Wellman (NE).

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.

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Wednesday, May 16th

Secretary Perdue Visits National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation & National Seed Storage Lab

WHAT: Secretary Perdue will meet with USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) employees before touring the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation & National Seed Storage Lab. Following the tour, the Secretary will hold a media availability.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 16th at 10:15 a.m. MDT

WHERE: National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation & National Seed Storage Lab, 1111 South Mason Street, Fort Collins, CO 80512

Secretary Perdue Visits the APHIS National Wildlife Research Center

WHAT: Secretary Perdue will visit the APHIS National Wildlife Research Center to hear an overview of the National Feral Swine Damage Management Program and Feral Swine Research Program. The Secretary will then tour the facility to observe the Genetics Lab, Toxicology Lab, a Drone/ Unmanned Aircraft Systems Demonstration, Rabies Research, and a Remote Darting Demonstration. Following the tour, the Secretary will hold a media availability.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 16th at 12:00 p.m. MDT

WHERE: Wildlife Science Building, 4101 Laporte Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80512

WYOMING

Secretary Perdue Visits Climb Wyoming

WHAT: Secretary Perdue will tour Climb Wyoming before participating in a roundtable discussion with program graduates, employer partners, training providers, and other stakeholders. Following the event, the Secretary will hold a media availability.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 16th at 3:20 p.m. MDT

WHERE: Climb Wyoming, 1001 West 31st Street, Cheyenne, WY 82001

Secretary Perdue and Director Miyamoto Participate in Roundtable at Wyoming Stock Growers Association

WHAT: Secretary Perdue and Director Miyamoto will participate in a roundtable discussion with Wyoming Stock Growers Association and other Wyoming agriculture stakeholders. Following the roundtable, the Secretary will hold a media availability.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 16th at 5:10 p.m. MDT

WHERE: Wyoming Stock Growers Association Office, 113 East 20th Street, Cheyenne, WY 82001

THURSDAY, May 17th

NEBRASKA

Secretary Perdue, Governor Ricketts, and Director Wellman Visit Ackerman Ag Service and Supply

WHAT: Secretary Perdue, Governor Ricketts, and Director Wellman will tour Ackerman Ag Service and Supply before the Secretary and Governor participate in a discussion on various rural issues with local leaders. After the event, the Secretary will hold a media availability.

WHEN: THURSDAY, May 17th at 10:30 a.m. MDT

WHERE: Ackerman Ag Service and Supply, 115 Cody Avenue, Alliance, NE 69301