WASHINGTON, April 24, 2017 – The National Association of Conservation Districts congratulates Secretary Sonny Perdue on his confirmation as head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to a press release.
Former Georgia Governor Perdue is the third agriculture secretary in the history of USDA to live and work on a farm as an adult. NACD has supported his nomination since it was first announced by President Donald Trump in January.
“As governor, he oversaw the economy of one of the top agricultural states in this nation,” NACD president Brent Van Dyke said. “He has a proven track record for effective governing and a reputation as a dedicated public servant. NACD appreciated his endorsement of voluntary conservation in this nomination hearing and look forward to working with him, now and throughout his tenure, to advance the adoption of voluntary conservation on working lands across this country.”
NACD, and a long list of other agriculture, wildlife and conservation groups, sent a letter of support for Perdue’s nomination earlier this year. Visit NACD’s Newsroom to learn more.
GREENSBORO, NC – HIP Labels, LLC, is pleased to announce the hiring of Tyler Brown to its staff as sales associate, according to a press release. Brown will work on behalf of HIP to develop new accounts and to enhance sales services for existing clients. Brown’s addition to HIP comes in part to the continued growth of HIP into nursery, greenhouse and retail segments. Brown also fits into HIP’s long-range strategic plan to increase sales efforts to gain market share and stay abreast of growth and change in the allied horticulture industry. His primary territory will be the East and South U.S., though not confined there as opportunity presents.
Brown’s background is steeped in the nursery industry through years of work with Lancaster Farms of Suffolk, Va., where he was involved in day-to-day production, plant maintenance and inventory, along with collaboration and interaction with nursery management. His education experience has prepared him for the challenges of horticulture business with focus on management, technology, and communication.
“Tyler is a super addition to our team,” said Bob Lovejoy, president and owner of HIP Labels. “His insight into wholesale nursery operation coupled with an enthusiasm to apply innovation and ideas for client solutions is the perfect fit for the HIP way of doing business. He’ll strengthen our service and support for current customers and create new opportunities for us in a very competitive marketplace.”
WILSONVILLE, OREGON - Registration for the 2017 Farwest Show in Portland, Oregon, is now open for attendees and exhibitors, according to a press release. Early registration comes with discount pricing on hotels, trade show passes, tours and education. This year’s attendance is expected to increase with a new and improved schedule for show days and hours. Farwest 2017 takes place Wednesday, August 23 through Friday, August 25, with the trade show opening later, at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, to offer more flexibility for attendees and exhibitors to visit nurseries. As always, student/teacher discounts are available for the trade show and all seminars and the show's keynote address will be free to all registrants.
Farwest is the industry’s premier trade show gathering in the West with attendees and exhibitors from around the world, according to the release. Farwest 2016 experienced another year of growth in both attendees and exhibitors. This year’s show looks to continue the trend with 400+ exhibitors and 6,000+ attendees. Area nursery and retail tours kick start the event on Tuesday, August 22. Experts from all segments of the industry will deliver educational sessions including seminars and the free mini-seminars that take place on the trade show floor at the Grower Solution Center and the Retailer Idea Center. Show perennial favorites, the New Varieties Showcase, Growing Trends Showcase, and the New Products Showcase will preview the best new offerings in plants and hard goods for 2017/18. Days and evenings will offer networking opportunities with industry professionals and leaders.
“We’re looking forward to another great year for Farwest,” said Allan Niemi, director of events for OAN. “Participation has been on the upswing in recent years and will continue in 2017. The mood of the industry is upbeat and that will be reflected in the excitement and enthusiasm of our attendees and exhibitors.”
Convenient registration with discounts is now available online at FarwestShow.com/register.shtml. Details on host hotels can be found on the registration page. Complete details on events, daily schedules, speakers, and education for Farwest 2017 will be posted at FarwestShow.com in the coming days and weeks.
For further questions, contact: Allan Niemi, director of events, at 503-582-2005 and email@example.com.
Several Democrats joined Republicans in the Senate to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as the next secretary of agriculture.
The vote was 87 to 11. Perdue's cousin, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., voted "present" and presided over the vote.
Sonny Perdue grew up on a farm in central Georgia and has owned several agriculture companies. He is not associated with the food company Perdue or the poultry producer Perdue Farms.
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