I think I am qualified to say that my friend Senator McGovern would have liked the George McGovern Lecture delivered last week in Rome by former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan. The lecture named for the former South Dakota senator is an annual event for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.…

Extension agents — usually associated with helping farmers behind the scenes — sometimes do get out front on public policy. And when they do, it’s with such a light touch it’s hardly noticed. But it’s highly effective. A generation ago, South Dakota State University Extension helped lay the groundwork for a new state constitution by…

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…

Farm to school food programs are set to receive a boost this October in the form of $3.5 million in federal grant money.

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan announced Tuesday that the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is now accepting applications for a series of grants – each one to be no more than  …

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan touched on the importance of food safety in the growing regional and local food movement during the U.S. Department of Agriculture Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food event at the White House on Monday.

farm-redbarn-406.jpg“No one gets a pass on food safety, in my mind, I don’t care if you’re …

Efforts to serve local food in schools are expanding nationwide, but creating a market between small farms and school districts still poses many challenges, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s first report on farm-to-school initiatives.

vegforschools-featured.jpgOver the past year, a team of nine government representatives visited 15 school districts operating farm to school programs …

‘No one is exempt from food safety,’ but USDA, FDA show sensitivity to small farmer concerns

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan addressed food safety concerns last week in the first online event for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food’ initiative to support local food.

The online chat, which …