USDA trumpets Know Your Farmer program - The Packer

USDA trumpets Know Your Farmer program

03/01/2012 10:06:00 AM
Tom Karst

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s support for local agriculture is now all over the map and every direction on the compass.

To demonstrate that, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass.

The Web-based document and map highlights the agency’s support for local and regional food projects, according to a news release.

The USDA hosted a web seminar about the Compass Feb. 29, and took questions about the tool on Twitter.

“The KYF Compass highlights how USDA support for local and regional food systems has brought additional opportunities to our country’s farmers, ranchers, processors, distributors and food entrepreneurs,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in the USDA news release

The map shows local food infrastructure, USDA support for food hubs, cold storage facilities, local food processors and other features.

The USDA launched the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative in September 2009 to coordinate USDA resources and expertise on local and regional food systems, according to a news release. The Know Your Farmer Compass details the ways that USDA has coordinated support for the program across 17 different agencies and met congressional mandates from the 2008 farm bill on local and regional food, according to the release.

The USDA has received some criticism from House Republicans about the agency’s Know Your Farmer program.

“(The Food Compass) is USDA’s response to criticism from the House side,” said Nancy Foster, president of the Vienna, Va.-based U.S. Apple Association.

House Republicans wanted more evidence from the agency that the program benefits production agriculture, Foster said.



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Juan    
Miami,FL  |  March, 08, 2012 at 03:24 PM

Today we need more organic foods to be healthy. To reduce our Healthcare's Problems and financial crisis. We should develop an "American Cooperative Eco-farm Project" . In the United States,108 million acres of land are eroding to wind,rain,deforestation,and poor land management. Poor soils are affecting out nation's health.Leading health authorities state that 99 percent of the American people are deficient in minerals. Dr. Charles Northern has researched these topics and he has been published by the U.S. Senate in a document from June 5,1986 entitle : " Modern Miracle Men",document #264,74th Congress Session. We need a practical and natural program to correct these problems. I believe the best way is developing the "American Cooperative Eco-farm Project" Thanks, Miami,FL

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