Kingsville, ON (April 4, 2018) Yesterday, Mastronardi Produce Ltd.® welcomed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue to their affiliate farm, Maroa Farms, a 52 acre greenhouse in Coldwater, Michigan. As part of his third “Back to Our Roots” RV tour, Secretary Perdue witnessed the company’s high tech operation firsthand with a tour of their state of the art greenhouse. Alongside Perdue and his wife Mary was a team of governmental officials, including US House of Representative Tim Walberg, USDA Rural Development Michigan Director Jason Allen, USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director Joel Johnson, and Michigan Farm Bureau Representatives Jennifer Lewis and Brian AcMoody.
“We are honored to have Secretary Perdue at our Michigan facility,” said CEO Paul Mastronardi. “Being able to see our growing methods and technologies, our strict food safety policies, and more importantly, the socio-economic impact our company has in the agriculture sector is incredibly important to us. We are humbled to have such an influential leader include Mastronardi Produce in his tour.”
Concluding the greenhouse tour, Secretary Perdue joined Mastronardi Produce in a discussion to answer questions, hear ideas and provide insight into issues addressed by the agricultural community such as economic development, food security, and food safety.
“Being able to meet with Paul, an industry leader who launched the produce industry’s first 100% traceability program, was a wonderful opportunity for me and a great addition to our tour,” said Perdue. “I got to taste a lot of their tomatoes and peppers and they have great product.”
The tour is scheduled to run from April 3 – April 6 with stops in Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky.