U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will visit Pittsylvania County Saturday [July 18] as part of President Obama's "Rural Tour."
Vilsack and Chu are scheduled to talk about green jobs and a new energy economy with a focus on weatherization and carbon sequestration.
The cabinet secretaries are scheduled to fly in to Danville around 10:30 a.m. and visit Piedmont BioProducts, a biodiesel pilot project at Ken Moss's Windy Acres Nursery in Gretna.
After a quick lunch, Vilsack and Chu will hold a town hall meeting at Buddy Mayhew's farm on Carter Lodge Road in Blairs.
The town hall meeting, which is open to the public, will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
"We're expecting a large crowd," said Freddie Wydner, the county's agricultural director.
A large tent will be set up and there will be seating for around 200 people.
"If you want a seat, you'd better arrive early," Wydner said.
Buddy Mayhew’s farm
1501 Carter Lodge Road
The public is encouraged to arrive around 12:30 p.m. with an anticipated arrival by the Secretaries at 1:00 p.m. The Secretaries plan to take comments and questions until approximately 2:30 p.m.
The White House recently announced that President Obama has directed many members of his Cabinet to begin what it describes as a “listening tour” of rural America this summer. The tour will be in Virginia’s Blairs community on Saturday, 18 July 2009. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack will be on a mission to develop “green jobs.”
The Obama administration stated they will focus on weatherization and carbon sequestration.
A town hall meeting will be held at Buddy Mayhew’s farm (1501 Carter Lodge Road, Blairs, Virginia).
Directions to Buddy Mayhew’s farm from Chatham: At the ‘top’ of White Oak Mountain, turn left onto Carter Lodge Road. Go 1.4 miles to Buddy’s farm.http://www.appomattoxnews.com/2009/white-house-listening-tour-slated-for-pittsylvania-county.html