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Rep. Kustoff Welcomes USDA Secretary Perdue to West Tennessee

March 4, 2018
Press Release
Secretary and Congressman visit Shelby, Haywood and Tipton Counties to hear from farmers

Covington, Tennessee – U.S. Representative David Kustoff (TN-08) today welcomed U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to West Tennessee. Congressman Kustoff and Secretary Perdue began the day in Shelby County at the 66th Annual Mid-South Farm and Gin Show, where the Secretary announced the USDA’s plan to assist cotton producers through the Cotton Ginning Cost Share program. Next, the Congressman and Secretary joined Tennessee Farm Bureau and a group of West Tennessee farmers for lunch and a town hall discussion at Richard Jameson’s farm in Haywood County. Lastly, they wrapped up a full day of hearing from farmers with a tour of Burlison Gin in Tipton County. Click here for an album of high resolution photos.

“It was my honor to welcome President Trump’s USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to West Tennessee today and show off our remarkable agriculture community in the Eighth District,” said Congressman Kustoff. “When our farmers are successful, the whole country benefits, so I am pleased to work with Secretary Perdue as we support the more than 10,000 farm operators that call West Tennessee home. As we work toward a new Farm Bill, I will continue seeking the advice of farmers in the Eighth District, and I promise to always be a champion for their concerns.”

At the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, Congressman Kustoff discusses the issues that matter most to West Tennessee’s agriculture industry.

Congressman Kustoff and USDA Secretary Perdue discuss President Trump’s priorities for the agriculture industry while visiting Richard Jameson’s farm in Brownsville.

Congressman Kustoff and Secretary Perdue tour Burlison Gin in Covington and discuss the newly announced Cotton Ginning Cost Share program that will increase support for cotton farmers in West Tennessee.