September 27, 2018

WG Member Sakata Rings NYSE Closing Bell

Symbolizing the importance of agriculture to the American economy, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange yesterday (Wednesday, September 26). Agricultural representatives from across the country joined Secretary Perdue on the podium, including Western Growers member, Robert Sakata, owner of Sakata Farms (CO).

Following the closing bell, Sakata said, “It was an amazing experience. I was honored to be a part of the celebration of the contribution of fruit and vegetable farmers to the U.S. economy. We not only provide the fuel our bodies need but we are the base that drives the strong U.S. economy. Thanks to the Secretary for including real farmers and ranchers from across the continent to join him.”

Also attending the event was another Western Growers member, Michael Hirakata, owner of Hirakata Farms (CO).

After the ceremony, Secretary Perdue offered the following statement: “The farmers, ranchers, foresters and agricultural producers across America contribute a great deal to the American economy. I’m pleased to be here today, at the center of our economic activity, with all these people that I’ve met across the country to celebrate the bounty of the American harvest. I thank the New York Stock Exchange for the opportunity.”


photo credit: NYSE