TIMBER LAKE, S.D. — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will visit South Dakota to tour the prairie pothole region and meet with an intertribal agriculture group.

The Agriculture Department says Perdue will travel to South Dakota on Thursday. Perdue is set to tour the prairie pothole landscape in northeast South Dakota and then meet with the Intertribal Agriculture Council.

The federal agency says Perdue will discuss the importance of Native American agricultural production and how the department can strengthen its partnership with the Intertribal Agriculture Council to serve Indian Country better.

The Agriculture Department says its support for the council’s technical assistance network helps inform Native American producers about the department’s programs. A spokeswoman for the council didn’t immediately return a request for comment from The Associated Press.

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