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U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue at his confirmation hearing. He is the former governor of Georgia. Photo by Andrew Harrer

FARGO--  U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue will visit Fargo-Moorhead on Friday, March 9, to tour a research center, hold a roundtable discussion with commodity groups, have lunch with students pursuing degrees in agriculture and tour a sugar beet processing facility.

His visit starts with a tour of the Red River Valley Ag Research Center at 9 a.m. to visit with researchers. A roundtable discussion with commodity groups is at 10:30 a.m. at the North Dakota State University Ag Experiment Station. Joining the discussion will be ag producers, crop and livestock associations, the North Dakota Farm Bureau, North Dakota Farmers Union and Farm Credit Services.

Perdue and U.S. Sen. John Hoeven,  R-N.D., who invited Perdue to visit, will then meet with the media at 11:45 p.m.

At 12:15 p.m., Perdue and Hoeven will join students pursuing degrees in ag and related fields at a Collegiate Farm Bureau Luncheon at the NDSU Richard H. Barry Hall. The discussion will focus on new opportunities in agriculture.

His visit ends with a 3:30 p.m tour of the American Crystal Sugar Company’s processing plant in Moorhead, where Hoeven will outline the importance of the sugar industry to North Dakota’s economy and the benefits of the federal sugar program.

Also joining in the visit will be U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and Gov. Doug Burgum.