Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visits several Central Valley farms to talk to farmers

Second day in Central Valley after speaking at opening day of World Ag Expo

Fresno, Calif - Wednesday morning, the Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue toured Central Valley farms and spoke to the people who grow most the nation's fruits and vegetables.

It's the second day Perdue is in town, Tuesday he spoke at the opening day of the World Ag Expo.

Perdue visited farms and packing houses in Visalia, Hanford and Coalinga.

"I think one of the great advantages of having Mr.Perdue, the Secretary of Agriculture, is that he wears dirty boots and he gets himself involved and understands the problems that we face because he is one of us," said Dino Giacomazzi, Manager at Giacomazzi Almond Orchards.  

Perdue,a Georgia farmer, learned how the orchard uses new technology to conserve water as they grow nuts.

"The innovative part of what he's done is he's blocked his orchard into different kind of soil types. H uses soil science to determine what these trees need, giving them not to much and not too little," said Perdue.

Perdue also visited Degroot Dairy Farm to learn about the issues facing California dairy farmers.

Perdue said trips to the Central Valley helps him better understand the needs of farmers from the eastcoast to the west. 

"It informs me of how we can think--not just theoretically in Washington DC--about policies that affect Dino and growers like him and other parts of the country, but hearing from him and learning from about what policies we can change is why we are out and about trying to get on the ground with farmers and ranchers across the country," said Perdue.

Perdue will visit one more farm Thursday in Gilroy before heading back to the eastcoast.

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