Me Too! Me Too! Ag Secretary comes to SD to tour with Gov. And others as appended.
Gov. Mike Rounds today confirmed that USDA Secretary Mike Johanns will visit South Dakota on Tuesday, August 29.This is a good thing, and would be noteworthy just for the fact that the U.S. Secretary of Ag was coming to the state to view the conditions for himself. But then it devolved into a "me too thing" with the announcement on KELO that Congresswoman Herseth would be tagging along as well:
"We are pleased that USDA Sec. Johanns is coming to South Dakota and view firsthand the impacts of this continued drought on our farmers, ranchers and businesses," said Gov. Rounds. "We will have a tremendous opportunity to visit with the Secretary to share the concerns of our agricultural producers who are struggling to continue their family farming and ranching operations."
Secretary Johanns will tour a portion of the severe drought area west of Pierre, S.D., at the Don and Lura Kirkpatrick ranch, located 4 ½ miles South and ½ mile East of the Little Brown Church near Hayes, S.D. (Address: 21348 Brown Church Road).
Sec. Johanns and Gov. Rounds will tour the Kirkpatrick Ranch at 1:15 CDT; make remarks at 1:45 p.m. CDT and will be available to the media at 2:15 p.m. CDT.
Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth will accompany US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns Tuesday afternoon when he visits a ranch near Hayes to see the effects of the drought.Read it all here. And shortly thereafter, it was announced that Senator Tim Johnson would be also accompanying everyone on this trip. From the AP/Argus:
Governor Rounds announced the Johanns visit earlier today.
Herseth, who is on the House Agriculture Committee, says she wrote the ag secretary late last month and invited him to South Dakota. She says the drought is so bad that people must see it with their own eyes to believe it.
Rep. Stephanie Herseth, D-S.D., and Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D. said Monday that they will join Johanns Tuesday.
"For the sake of our producers, I sincerely hope it's not too little too late, and we can still secure some meaningful drought relief this year," Herseth said in a release.
Herseth, Johnson and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., have individually urged Johanns to visit the state.
"I am sure he will convey to the president what we here at home already know, that this is a natural disaster that has damaged all aspects of the economy from the farms and fields to main street," Johnson said.
Kyle Downey, a spokesman for Thune, said the senator will not join the secretary Tuesday but is pleased that Johanns is making the trip.
(Read it all here) Apparently, Thune has to work tomorrow.
Now, don't get me wrong. The trip is a good thing. But after the first announcement, it struck me as mildly funny with press release followed by press release announcing "me too."