Stillwater News Press

August 26, 2013

USDA official will tour Payne County Wednesday and Thursday

By Nick Woodruff
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — A federal official will get an overview of Payne County agriculture Wednesday and Thursday.

USDA Undersecretary Edward Avalos will note the county’s agricultural and agribusiness climates during his two-day tour.

Payne County Extension Director Nathan Anderson said it’s a good chance for Payne County to show what it is doing agriculturally.

“In many ways, we in Payne County will be representing not only ourselves but our peers in communities and counties similar to our own,” Anderson said. “It’s a fairly unique opportunity.

Avalos wants to interact with producers and visit people involved in a variety of agricultural-related jobs, Anderson said.

Avalos plans to attend the Payne County Fair, tour some agribusiness areas in Payne County, interact with local groups and visit facilities at Oklahoma State University.

Anderson said he sent the undersecretary the Payne County Fair schedule and Avalos singled out many events, including  the Pfeiffer Museum, antique tractor parade, dairy cattle show and draft horse pulling competition during his visit.

After touring Payne County, there will also be an open forum at the Payne County Expo Center’s DL Fisher Sales Coliseum from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday. Avalos is expected to speak for approximately 20 minutes and then answer questions.