MOREHEAD, Ky. - As part of his third "Back to Our Roots" RV tour, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited Kentucky-based Harold White Lumber Co. last Thursday, hoping to hear the concerns of lumber producers in person.
“We have many acres (of timber) across the country and we feel private operators do it very well,” Perdue said. “We are here to find out how we can better help with White’s and their company, and what we can learn from them on how to better manage our national forests.”
The tour is designed for the Secretary to hear ideas and concerns from local farmers, foresters, agriculture students and researchers, business owners, community leaders, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) employees. The goal of visiting Harold White Lumber was to learn what the federal government can do to help lumber producers and how to better manage national forests.
“As always, our ‘Back to our Roots’ RV tour is an opportunity to get out of Washington, D.C. to hear directly from the American people in the agriculture community,” Secretary Perdue said. “While Congress continues its work on the Farm Bill, rural prosperity, and many other agriculture priorities, USDA stands ready to assist in any way possible and to be a voice for America’s farmers, ranchers, producers, and foresters.”
Perdue took the oath of office back in April 2017 - a move which the American Wood Council (AWC) applauded.
Perdue began his RV tour April 3. It's the third segment to the "Back to Our Roots" tour, which began in August of last year. Check out scenes of his second tour below, which took place in September.