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USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan to Step Down Next Month

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s number two in command, Kathleen Merrigan, a longtime advocate of local and regional food systems, announced yesterday she will be leaving her post. Deputy Secretary Merrigan, who led the USDA’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative throughout President Obama’s first term, did not say when she would step down… Continue Reading

USDA Rule Encourages Local Food for School Meals

A new federal rule will give preference in contract bidding for school meals to local farm products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week. The final rule, published in the Federal Register, is intended to break down barriers that have so far prevented or discouraged schools from using locally grown or raised agricultural products,… Continue Reading

USDA Encourages Americans to Know Their Farmers

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a new video this week in an effort to create economic opportunities in rural communities by promoting local and regional food systems. The video provides commentary from USDA Under Secretary Kathleen Merrigan encouraging the American public to research where their food comes from. “Very few people now are… Continue Reading

New Feature Launched on ‘Know Your Farmer’ Site

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack launched a new feature on the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food website that highlights local and regional food systems and notes the multiple connections between farmers and consumers. The new resource highlights the importance of local and regional food systems, which happens to be one of the fastest growing aspects… Continue Reading

Mobile Slaughter Unit Webinars Roll On

As first reported by Food Safety News last month, as part of their ongoing Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food effort, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been hosting instructional Webinars on mobile slaughter units to help small meat producers process and slaughter their animals. Mobile slaughter units… Continue Reading

USDA Reaches Out To Small Meat Producers

As part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” effort to “create new economic opportunities by better connecting consumers with local producers,” the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) hosted two outreach seminars this week on mobile slaughter units to help small meat producers process slaughter and process… Continue Reading

USDA Promotes Local Food in Georgia

USDA Leaders Promote Local Food in Georgia This Week–Is Local Food Safer? Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan visited the University of Georgia Monday to discuss the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food’ initiative. The stop is part of Merrigan’s ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food,’ college tour, which aims… Continue Reading