WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, January 18, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Arizona for events with U.S. Senator Mark Kelly. In the morning, they will meet with farmers and ranchers at a local, family-owned farm in Glendale to discuss how the Biden-Harris Administration is taking action to create more and better market opportunities for America’s farmers, ranchers, and consumers. Recently, President Biden unveiled an Action Plan with Secretary Vilsack and Attorney General Merrick Garland that will expand independent processing capacity, support workers and the independent processor industry, strengthen the rules that protect farmers, ranchers, and consumers, promote vigorous and fair enforcement of existing competition, and increase transparency in cattle markets so that ranchers can get a fair price for their work.

Later that day, the Secretary and Senator will travel to Phoenix and join U.S. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore and USDA Deputy Undersecretary Meryl Harrell for a major announcement about the Biden-Harris Administration’s strategy to protect communities in Arizona and across the West from the devastating impact of wildfires, which have increased in number, severity and size in recent years due to climate change. The announcement will also be livestreamed on USDA’s YouTube page.

Credentialed members of the media should RSVP to press@usda.gov for arrival instructions.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

WHO: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Senator Mark Kelly

WHAT: Meat Supply Chain Event in Glendale

WHEN: January 18, at 8:10 AM MST

WHERE: Please RSVP for address and arrival instructions.

WHO: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Senator Mark Kelly, and Forest Service Chief Randy Moore

WHAT: Major Western Wildfire Mitigation Strategy Announcement in Phoenix

WHEN: January 18, at 11:10 AM MST

WHERE: Please RSVP for address and arrival instructions.