Farm Meeting to Draw U.S. Agriculture Secretary (175)

MEMPHIS, Tenn.– Dan Glickman, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, is scheduled to attend the first of a nation-wide series of public meetings on small farms July 28 at the Agricenter International.

 The meetings, organized by the National Commission on Small Farms, are designed to provide information that make small farms more prosperous, Dr. Roy T. Bullock, a University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service specialist, said.

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Richard Rominger is also expected to attend the session in the “C” Wing Banquet Room of the Agricenter at 7777 Walnut Road.

 An organizational session and panel discussion is set for 9:30 a.m., followed by public testimony starting about 11 a.m. and continuing through the day.

 Sign-in for persons wanting to testify will begin at 8:15 a.m. The order of testimony will be on a first come, first served basis, Bullock said.

 The Agriculture Department is seeking information about the condition of small farms, the effectiveness of current programs and productions systems for small farms, and ideas for making small farms more profitable.

 Small farmers, community-based organizations, lenders, and businesses that serve small farmers are invited to testify, Bullock said.

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 Contact: Dr. Roy D. Bullock (615-832-6802)