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USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue toured CALS plant breeding facilities

On Oct. 1, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue visited campus to tour the CALS plant breeding facilities and visit the USDA-ARS Cereal Crops Research Unit. Joined by Madison-area Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-2), Congressman Bryan Steil (WI-1), and Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, the group had the opportunity to meet with Chancellor Rebecca Blank, CALS Dean Kate VandenBosch and CALS researchers to learn more about the partnership between USDA and UW’s plant breeding and genetics program and its current facility needs.

UW–Madison horticulture professor Philipp Simon talks with College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean Kate VandenBosch, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and Wisconsin Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan as they tour the Horticulture Annex, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.
Horticulture research assistant Solveig Hanson cuts some beets for Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue during a tour of the Carrot and Beet Lab on Tuesday.
From left, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue talks with UW–Madison horticulture professor Irwin Goldman, Chancellor Rebecca Blank, horticulture professor Philipp Simon, and Wisconsin Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson during a tour of the Carrot and Beet Lab.
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean Kate VandenBosch, left, talks with Wisconsin Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, center, and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, right, before a tour of the Horticulture Annex.