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Senator David Perdue & Secretary Sonny Perdue Visit Georgia Ag Leaders

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July 16, 2018

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Senator David Perdue & Secretary Sonny Perdue Visit Georgia Ag Leaders

GRIFFIN, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black traveled across Georgia to hear from farmers, foresters, researchers, and stakeholders in the agriculture industry.

The day included a tour of Lewis Taylor Farms in Tifton, a stakeholder meeting at Georgia Forestry Association’s headquarters in Forsyth, and a briefing from the University of Georgia’s Turfgrass and Weed Science department in Griffin.

Click here to download high-resolution photos of the trip. Click here to download a highlights video.

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“It was great to have the Secretary of Agriculture back in Georgia to meet with farmers and stakeholders in the agriculture industry,” said Senator Perdue, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. “As Sonny and I learned growing up working on our family’s farms, agriculture is a business and a way of life for many Georgians. During our visits, we heard directly from stakeholders about the unique challenges they face. I’m hopeful we’ll get a Farm Bill to the President’s desk soon that will provide farmers with certainty and help rural America thrive.”

“David and I grew up on a Georgia farm, which makes it great to be able to come back as a United States Senator and Secretary of Agriculture to hear from our growers and producers,” said Secretary Perdue. “We spent the day listening about trade, labor issues, regulations, the Farm Bill and a variety of other issues and will take what we heard back to D.C. to tell the President. I look forward to continuing to work with Senator Perdue and Commissioner Black in making Georgia’s ag industry the best it can be.”

“The Secretary and Senator both know that on-the-ground, grassroots input is always the best way to gather information,” said Commissioner Black. “I am confident, particularly during this important period of discussion surrounding the Farm Bill, that our tour will yield positive results.” 

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Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.

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