U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to Speak at University of Mount Olive

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to Speak at University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host U.S Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for a town hall on Monday, February 11th at 3 PM.  During the town hall meeting with the North Carolina Farm Bureau, farmers, and students, Secretary Perdue will share information about the USMCA, the new trade deal between the US, Canada, and Mexico.  The event will be held in the Holmes and Lois K. Murphy Center located at 630 Henderson Street on the UMO campus.


“We are delighted to have Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on our campus,” said University of Mount Olive President Dr. David Poole.  “Located in the heart of North Carolina agriculture, University of Mount Olive’s nationally recognized faculty delivers comprehensive agriculture programs. We have a newly dedicated student farm that serves as a learning laboratory focused on providing students with knowledge and skills that translate into careers. The support of agribusiness partners, alumni, and supporters engaged in the agricultural industry enables the UMO agriculture program to provide students the opportunity to pursue careers in this state’s number one industry.  It is indeed a great day for the University of Mount Olive to welcome Secretary Perdue.”


*NOTE: Media interested in attending the town hall must RSVP to press@oc.usda.gov by Sunday, February 10th at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Secretary Perdue came by his knowledge of agriculture the old fashioned way: he was born into a farming family in Bonaire, Georgia. From childhood, and through his life in business and elected office, Perdue has experienced the industry from every possible perspective. Uniquely qualified as a former farmer, agribusiness man, veterinarian, state legislator, and governor of Georgia, he became the 31st United States Secretary of Agriculture on April 25, 2017.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit www.umo.edu.