Vermont Senators to Welcome Agriculture Secretary to Vermont

Obama Cabinet Official to Attend February 13 Events in Burlington and St. Albans

WASHINGTON – Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will visit Vermont on Saturday, February 13, 2010.  The senators will host the secretary at a series of events in Burlington and St. Albans.  

Sanders invited the secretary to Vermont and will chair a dairy town meeting at the Burlington Hilton.  Leahy will join Sanders and Vilsack on the town meeting panel.  Sanders will also host Vilsack as the keynote speaker at the Northeast Organic Farming Association annual conference at the University of Vermont’s Ira Allen Chapel in Burlington.   

Leahy will host the secretary as he speaks to the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery Annual Meeting in St. Albans.  Leahy is the most senior member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry – which has jurisdiction over the Department of Agriculture – and he also is the father of the national organic standards and labeling program.  Vilsack, Leahy, Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch also will meet with Vermont anti-hunger leaders. 

Congressman Welch, cochairman of the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus, will also be on the dairy town meeting panel and will participate in the other events alongside the senators and Vilsack. 

What: Town Meeting with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack 

Who: Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Patrick Leahy, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and Congressman Peter Welch. 

When: 9:30 a.m. coffee, 10 a.m. meeting, media availability immediately following the meeting, Saturday, February 13, 2010 

Where: Hilton Hotel, Lake Champlain Room, 60 Battery Street, Burlington. Note: open to public and press. 

What: Secretary Vilsack Addresses Northeast Organic Farming Association Annual Winter Conference 

Who: Senator Bernie Sanders, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Senator Patrick Leahy, Congressman Peter Welch, and Vermont organic farmers. 

When: 11:45 a.m., Saturday, February 13, 2010 

Where: Ira Allen Chapel, University of Vermont, 26 University Place, Burlington.  Note: public attendance requires registration for the conference.  Media attendance is free. 

What: Secretary Vilsack Addresses St. Albans Cooperative Creamery Annual Meeting  

Who: Senator Patrick Leahy; Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; Senator Bernie Sanders; Congressman Peter Welch; members of the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery 

When: 1:15 p.m., Saturday, February 13, 2010 

Where: St. Albans Town Education Center, 169 South Main Street, St. Albans.  Note: open to press

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