Senator James Lankford Highlights Significance of Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue's Visit to OklahomaThu, 01 Nov 2018 10:20:00 CDT
Senator James Lankford attended a luncheon in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, hosted by US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue who was in town visiting on a trip to deliver a keynote address at the Farm Production and Conservation Leadership Summit taking place in Norman, Okla. this week. Senator Lankford took a moment to speak with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays during the event and talked about the significance of having a Cabinet-level official like Secretary Perdue in Oklahoma. Listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“It’s always a gain to have the Secretary of Agriculture, especially someone who has such a passion for our state that mirrors his state in Georgia and also understands what we do and how we do it,” Lankford said. “To be able to come in and hear the issues is a big difference then just reading about it from DC or in talking with other bureaucrats in DC. It’s a good chance to actually talk with producers here.”
Lankford reported that the questions he heard from producers and ag industry leaders that asked questions of the Secretary during the luncheon were very specific and focused on the issues important to producers here and now in Oklahoma. He says this was a great opportunity for the Secretary to here directly from local producers the concerns they have and be able to address how his department is working to resolve those problems and work toward a better future for all those involved.
“Oklahoma has significant bearing. Everybody sees that, especially in the agriculture area,” Lankford said. “They get it and if they don’t we help them see it.”
Several items of business have already begun to fill up the Senator’s list of priorities to be tackled in the coming months. He shared several of those items on the list, which included among others getting the 2018 Farm Bill passed.
“That’s a lot for a month and a half,” he remarked, “but I think we can get it done.”
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