United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited Hinton Mills in May’s Lick Thursday. The visit was part of Purdue’s “Back to Our Roots” RV tour.
The tour, which spanned from Tuesday through Friday, included stops in Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky.
Perdue visited with area farmers, agribusiness owners and decision makers over lunch, then participated in a question and answer session led by David Beck, executive vice president of Kentucky Farm Bureau, and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles.
“For government to work, we’ve got to communicate,” Perdue told the audience. “That’s why I’m here.”
Perdue fielded questions ranging from the impact of the recent tariffs imposed by China, to the impact of the margin protection program on dairy producers, to improving school lunches.
“It was an honor to host the top official in U.S. Agriculture here at May’s Lick Mill,” said Adam Hinton, vice president of Hinton Mills. “We are so proud to showcase agriculture in our area because we know the farmers and agribusinesses here are among the best of the best.”
From May’s Lick Mill, Purdue continued on to Morehead for a tour of Harold White Lumber Company. While in Kentucky, he also visited farmer and veteran Danny Townsend in Jeffersonville, toured Montgomery County High School’s agriculture department, and stopped by Keeneland Race Track in Lexington.
Perdue has served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under President Donald Trump since March 2017, and previously served as the governor of Georgia.