Congressman Fred Keller meets with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue about Pennsylvania Rural Development

February 12, 2020
Press Release
Highlights importance of Pennsylvania’s hardwoods industry

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) Wednesday joined a bipartisan group of House lawmakers at a meeting with United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue at the Secretary’s office in Washington, D.C.


During the meeting, Keller emphasized the importance of the hardwoods industry to Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District and the entire Commonwealth.


Pennsylvania is the number one state in terms of hardwood growing stock, production of hardwood lumber, and in the export of hardwood lumber and wood products.


Prior to running for office, Keller spent 25 years in the wood products manufacturing industry. Since coming to Congress, Keller has made it a priority to visit lumber companies across central and northeast Pennsylvania to better understand the impact of global trade policy on the local economy and take those concerns directly to Washington.


On the meeting, Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) issued the following statement:


“I thank Sec. Sonny Perdue for a productive and thoughtful discussion. Since USDA does so much for rural development and helping the agriculture industry in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District, today was a great opportunity for dialogue about how we may work together for the people we all represent.


“I was particularly glad to speak with Sec. Perdue about the hardwoods industry in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District.


“Before getting elected to office, I worked 25 years in the hardwoods industry.  When travelling around the district, I often meet with hardwood producers and hear about their industrial struggles.


“Hardwood production is rural development and I was proud to point that out and advocate for this important industry in today’s meeting.”