Gardner Hosts USDA Secretary Perdue in Colorado

Applauds approval of disaster declaration for Western Slope farmers

Yuma, CO – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) hosted U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Jim Hubbard in Colorado. Gardner and Perdue visited the Mizpah Campground to discuss the Great American Outdoors Act, held a fire outlook and recreation panel in Broomfield with Hubbard, hosted a Farm Bureau stakeholder roundtable in Keenesburg with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), and visited the Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver, which has benefited from USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Gardner also applauded the USDA’s decision to approve the request by Colorado Governor Jared Polis for a Secretarial Disaster Declaration for Colorado’s Western Slope counties impacted by the major freeze event on April 13. Gardner and Bennet, along with Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO), wrote a letter to Secretary Perdue urging approval of this disaster declaration.

Mizpah Campground and Great American Outdoors Act Discussion with the United States Forest Service

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NOTE: Click here or the picture above to download remarks from Secretary Perdue and Senator Gardner.

“We visited Mizpah Campground at the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, which has been closed for ten years because the bridge was wiped out and hasn’t been repaired. The Great American Outdoors Act gives us a chance to make this repair, to get this bridge open, and to get the campground open so people can enjoy it,” said Senator Gardner. 

Getting an Outlook on the Fire Season


“At Minton Park and Ballfield in Empire, Secretary Perdue and I spoke with local officials to discuss fire treatment efforts and met with brave firefighters who work around the clock to protect the local community,” said Senator Gardner. “Later in Broomfield we met with the crew at Jeffco Airtanker Base to discuss their firefighting efforts and ensure they had the opportunity to share with the Secretary any resources they needed to keep Coloradans safe.” 

Forest Service and Outdoor Recreation Panel Discussion in Broomfield


“We held a productive roundtable with the Forest Service and members of the outdoor recreation industry in Broomfield,” said Senator Gardner. “There we heard widespread excitement for the Great American Outdoors Act and how it will benefit our lands and the people who enjoy them.”

Farm Bureau Stakeholder Roundtable in Keenesburg

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“It was great to join with Secretary Perdue, Senator Bennet and the Farm Bureau for a roundtable at Arnusch Farms to discuss a wide variety of agriculture issues and the recent approval of the request for a Secretarial Disaster Declaration for Colorado’s Western Slope counties. Peach farmers were impacted by the major freeze event on April 13, and I’m glad the USDA granted this support for Colorado farmers as they work through the fallout of the weather event,” said Senator Gardner. “Farmers in Colorado have been working around the clock to protect our nation’s food supply during COVID-19 and this relief is much needed.” 

Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver

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“The Farmers to Families Food Box Program is a win-win: it helps farmers and provides food to people in need. Because of this outlet we are not seeing the dumping or rotting of produce in the fields, it actually comes here, where there are potatoes from the San Luis Valley and onions from Fort Morgan. It was great to visit their operation,” said Senator Gardner.  


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.