5/16/2018 Colorado Department of Agriculture Participates in “Back to Our Roots” Tour with Secretary Perdue

May 16, 2017
Contact:    Christi Lightcap, (303) 869-9005, Christi.Lightcap@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Agriculture Participates in “Back to Our Roots” Tour with Secretary Perdue
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – On May 15, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown participated in a Colorado Ag Council producer-member town hall luncheon hosted at the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The meeting is the fourth segment of Perdue’s tour to hear ideas and concerns from those involved in the agricultural industry including farmers, ranchers, producers, business owners, and community leaders.
“We had a great conversation with Secretary Perdue and Colorado’s agricultural leaders. The current challenges and opportunities facing our farmers and ranchers were discussed and I applaud the Secretary for making the trip to hear from those working in the fields and growing our food, fiber, and fuel,” said Commissioner Brown. “When we talk about the future of agriculture, we are talking about the backbone of our country.”
The meeting was kicked off with Commissioner Brown providing a quick overview of Colorado’s agricultural industry.  The Colorado Ag Council members were then able to have a lively Q&A session.  Topics included export markets, bilateral trade agreements, rural broadband, beginning farmers, and the Farm Bill.
The Colorado Ag Council is an organization that pulls together statewide ag organizations that represent and serve Colorado agriculture producers. They act as a forum for discussion and review issues important to its member organizations.
The Colorado leg of the “Back to Our Roots” tour began on Monday, May 14th, when Secretary Perdue toured Hirakata Farms in Rocky Ford. On Tuesday, May 15th, the day began with a visit to Food Maven in Colorado Springs, followed by the CDA meeting in Broomfield, then a labor roundtable at Sakata Farms in Brighton, and the day wrapped up at Leprino Foods in Greeley. The state tour will continue on Wednesday, May 16th with a visit to the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation & National Seed Storage Lab in Fort Collins, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins and then Secretary Perdue heads to Wyoming.
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