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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visits San Diego County businesses

Posted: 6:16 PM, Jul 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-15 21:16:45-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited San Diego County Monday to tour local businesses and participate in a signing ceremony for the Trump administration's Pledge to America's Workers Initiative.

Perdue will tour a Poway facility owned by the food product and kitchen equipment company Sysco that serves the entirety of San Diego County from Oceanside to the U.S.-Mexico border.

While there, a signing ceremony will be held for the Pledge to America's Workers, a federal agreement with private sector businesses to create education and job training opportunities for workers in an effort to boost private sector job growth. Perdue's office did not disclose whether Sysco executives plan to sign on to the pledge.

Perdue will then tour the Rancho Guejito Avocado Farm in Escondido and the San Diego Zoo to meet with animal care staff.

According to Perdue's office, he will hold media briefing sessions at each stop.

Perdue has served as the USDA secretary since April 24, 2017, when the U.S. Senate confirmed him by a vote of 87-11. Prior to serving in President Donald Trump's cabinet, he was the governor of Georgia from 2003 to 2011 and a member of the Georgia state Senate from 1991 to 2002. Perdue is the country's 31st USDA secretary.