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Kingsland grad meets with Trump, Perdue, farmers in D.C.

WASHINGTON — Newly confirmed Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue got right to work on Tuesday, meeting with President Donald Trump and ag professionals from across the country during a White House roundtable.

Among the roundtable members was Valerie Earley, of Wykoff, who serves as Central Region Vice President of the National FFA Organization.

Earley represented the FFA at the roundtable, discussing the skills the organization helps its members develop. She sat on Trump's left and was pictured on CNN during the media availability session of the event.

The group discussed topics such as agricultural trade, regulatory reform, rural investment and infrastructure, the farm bill and agricultural labor. Included in the event was a signing of an executive order, that established an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity.

Earley is the daughter of James and Rachel Earley, of Wykoff, and is a graduate of Kingsland High School. She was a member of the Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA chapter and studies agricultural communications at the University of Minnesota. She grew up on her family's farm and joined FFA in eighth grade.

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