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Agriculture Chief to Headline National Press Club Luncheon Dec. 12


WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Honorable Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture, will speak at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

Mr. Perdue recently crisscrossed the country in a "Back to our Roots" tour to listen to farmers and those who live and work in rural America to gather their input in advance of Congress writing a new farm bill by next year. He will share some of those insights, as well as discuss his priorities for opening up markets for American agricultural products, including the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Additionally, Mr. Perdue will highlight the Department's efforts to encourage and inspire the next generation of farmers and agricultural leaders through a unique partnership with the National FFA.

Lunch will be served in the club's Holeman Lounge at 12:30 p.m., with remarks beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for National Press Club members (members may purchase two tickets at this rate) and $39 for all other non-member tickets. Please click here to purchase tickets.

Secretary Perdue became the 31st Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) on April 25, 2017, but he got his start in agriculture years earlier growing up on his family's dairy and crop farm in rural Georgia. After earning a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia and serving his country in the U.S. Air Force, Perdue became a small business owner focusing on agribusiness. He started his political career in the Georgia State Senate where he served eleven years before serving as the governor of Georgia for two terms.

For all ticketing-related questions, please email Tickets must be paid for at the time of purchase. To submit a question for the speaker in advance, put FARMERS in the subject line and email to The deadline for submitting questions in advance is 10 a.m. on the day of the luncheon. NPC Members who have a paid reservation to the Luncheon and wish to attend the pre-luncheon reception must send their RSVP via email to at least 48 hours before the date of the Luncheon. Space may be limited. 

The National Press Club is located on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building at 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.


Lindsay Underwood,, (202) 662-7561

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