Ag secretary to visit Charlotte Monday during tour

LANSING, MI – The U.S. secretary of agriculture will be in Charlotte Monday for a forum with rural residents.

Tom Vilsack's visit is part of a White House tour sending Cabinet secretaries across the country to hold discussions on how communities, states and the federal government can work together to help strengthen rural America. The tour kicked off last week.

Monday's meeting will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Country Mill Farm, 4648 Otto Road. Doors will open at noon. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer will join Vilsack.

The USDA has set up a Web site about the tour at