An interactive web-based document, the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass, highlights USDA support for local and regional food projects and successful producer, business, and community case studies. The Compass was unveiled, Wednesday, Feb. 29, by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan via a live webinar.
The secretaries also discussed how local and regional food systems across the country offer economic opportunities for local farmers, ranchers, and food entrepreneurs while growing the number of farmers, expanding healthy food access, and building strong infrastructure systems.
In September 2009, USDA launched the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative to coordinate USDA resources and expertise on local and regional food systems. The initiative also encourages Americans to learn more about U.S. agriculture and connect with the people who are producing their food. The KYF Compass documents the ways in which USDA has coordinated across its 17 agencies and additional offices, enhanced transparency and met congressional mandates from the 2008 Farm Bill on local and regional food.
For more information, go to www.usda.gov.