Merrigan's exit leaves legacy, leadership questions

03/22/2013 11:00:00 AM
Tom Karst

While the public may have an appreciation and awareness that the Obama administration has advanced the issue of local food over the past several years, he said a change in USDA leadership won’t deter the appeal of the trend.

“As a phenomenon, I think (local food) will continue for the foreseeable future,” he said.

Hoefner said Merrigan’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative was important to various USDA programs, including the farmers market promotion program, value-added producer grants and local food enterprise loan programs.

“The initiative gave it a nice way for people in various agencies to realize that they were doing something with a common purpose to it,” he said.


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