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Farmer.gov rolled out in Grand Rapids


The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue visited Michigan Thursday. His first stop was for a breakfast at Grand Rapids’ Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery meeting with local farmers. This where Perdue rolled out the agency’s new interactive website designed to assist American farmers.

“If any of us have ever gone to a governmental website looking for information it’s kind of like hunting for Easter eggs. You know, they’re kind of hidden many times. We want this to be very evident.”

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue explained the website will be simple to navigate complete with a simple name, farmers-dot-gov. Perdue says this will be a portal for every farmer recording crops to locating local agencies.

“This is going to be a work in progress. It’s going to be iterative as we get comments. We’re hoping that our constituents and our users will say, ‘Why don’t you do this?’ We want it to be a dynamic website where we respond to farmers over the questions they have where they can go to one spot and click and find the information they need which would be a novelty in a governmental website.”

At the website you’ll find the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Risk Management Agency.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.