Kerman, CA farmer Steve Koretoff (white shirt) was able to to meet with 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 with Mr. Koretoff during the Organic Trade Associationâs 2011 Policy Conference at the Hall of States, 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 7, 2014
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