Kerman, CA farmer Steve Koretoff (white shirt) was able to compelled to meet U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (center) after the Secretary told of how when he was an Iowa lawyer, in the 1980's a farmer came to see him because the farmer was going to loose his farm after expanding operations so his youngest, seventh, and only son who wanted to be a farmer could do so, but when the farm got financially overextended the son took his own life because he felt responsible. This experience is one of Secretary Vilsack's many motivators, and struck a cord for Mr. Koretoff during the Organic Trade Associationâs 2011 Policy Conference, on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 in Washington, DC. They exchanged contact information to stay in communication with each other. USDA photo by Lance Cheung.
May 3, 2014
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