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USDA Leadership Visits the High Plains Region

Under Secretary Bill Northey and his Chief of Staff Jamie Clover Adams attended the Hemphill County Beef Cattle Conference in the Panhandle region last month to visit with farmers, ranchers and ag industry leaders.

They arrived in Texas early in the week after making several initial stops in Oklahoma the day before to survey damage from recent wildfires. During the Texas portion of their visit, they met with Wes and Crystal Klein on the Big Bull Ranch to discuss the wildfire recovery efforts through USDA.

The Kleins hosted Under Secretary Northey and Chief of Staff Adams at the ranch along with USDA staff from Texas with the Natural Resources Conservation service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Risk Management Agency (RMA).

Wes Klein explained their involvement with USDA following the wildfires in 2017 and how the USDA assistance was essential for them staying in business.

"The USDA assistance available during the devastation helped us out immensely, so much so, that it enabled us to make it financially to operate another year," he said. "Without these opportunities, we would not be able to financially survive the hardships that the fire brought."

The ranch visit wrapped up by mid-morning for the Under Secretary to attend the Beef Conference and present the keynote address highlighting the administration’s mission and goals for agriculture.

Following the luncheon, the group traveled to Spearman to visit with producers at Adobe Walls Gin and attend a producer meeting with key ag industry leaders. Some of the attendees included district directors from local soil and water conservation districts in the region.

USDA Leadership Visits the Texas High Plains Region, Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist (2018, May)