USDA recently introduced a compass, an online resource, to help guide people seeking information about the department’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative.
The KYF Compass is an interactive Web document with maps highlighting regional and local food projects, and case studies of business and community efforts.
Hosting a webinar to unveil the new tool, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack emphasized how local and regional food systems across the country create additional economic opportunities for farmers and food entrepreneurs to expand access to healthy food and meet growing consumer demand.
• New USDA Web resource maps local and regional food projects and opportunities.
• Local food systems create economic growth for farmers, food entrepreneurs.
• Tool also encourages consumers to learn about agriculture and food production.
“USDA works every day to strengthen American agriculture, drive job growth and support farm-family income,” says Vilsack. “The compass shows how USDA support for local and regional food systems have brought additional opportunities. The stories and maps underscore how diverse and innovative American agriculture can be.”
This article published in the April, 2012 edition of WALLACES FARMER.
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