On-Farm Food Safety Project

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 …

During the heated debate last year over the newly enacted Food Safety Modernization Act, small farmers were loud and clear with their concerns about burdensome food safety regulations. Farmers across the country, along with sustainable agriculture interest groups, even managed to beat out large ag interests and win certain exemptions from new food safety rules, …

The popularity of farmers markets and direct farm-to-market sales, such as Community Supported Agriculture, is growing nationwide. The mission of the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to “strengthen local and regional food systems.”

It’s working. According to the USDA, the numbers of farmers markets across …