National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says NFU applauds the efforts Deputy Secretary Merrigan and everyone at USDA have put forth to educate the public through the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative. He says it's the responsibility of those in agriculture to educate the public on the hard work done each day to produce and distribute a safe, healthy and reliable food supply. Johnson says the initiative is more than linking producers and consumers with information, it is the start of a national conversation about the importance of understanding where food comes from and how it gets to people's plates.
Johnson notes the initiative promotes buying locally-produced foods, but says it is realistic because everything put on a dinner table isn't grown in every region and it's not all produced year-round. He says the initiative is an effort for consumers to make a conscious effort when making purchases when there is a local option.
NFU will continue to assist USDA with the initiative and encourages everyone to learn about the program and spread the message in their local communities. Johnson says all of ag must come together in every way possible to provide a united front for farmers, ranchers and consumers with the 2012 Farm Bill on the horizon.