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Interested in Local and Regional Food Systems? Jump into the Twitter Conversation Using #KYF2!

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan received a question via twitter message while in the USDA TV studio, during the unveiling of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass, an interactive web-based document and map highlighting USDA support for local and regional food projects and successful producer, business and community case studies. While hosting a live webinar to highlight USDA's work over the past three years, the Secretaries emphasized how local and regional food systems across the country create additional economic opportunities for farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs, expand healthy food access and meet growing customer demand. At the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan received a question via twitter message while in the USDA TV studio, during the unveiling of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass, an interactive web-based document and map highlighting USDA support for local and regional food projects and successful producer, business and community case studies. While hosting a live webinar to highlight USDA's work over the past three years, the Secretaries emphasized how local and regional food systems across the country create additional economic opportunities for farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs, expand healthy food access and meet growing customer demand. At the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

Earlier this week we launched the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass, a digital narrative with stories, pictures and video about USDA’s support for local and regional food systems, and interactive map with datasets displaying the various ways and places where the initiative has made an impact.

We didn’t want to limit the launch to those within the Beltway, so we opted for a virtual launch via live web-stream and took questions through Twitter. The response was overwhelming. It was great to see so many individuals from across the nation share our content, ask questions and make comments on the Compass and KYF effort.

To keep the conversation going, we’ll come together again this Monday, March 5 at 2:30 pm ET to have a broader virtual conversation about the KYF initiative and Compass. Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will lead the conversation with partners and others interested in local and regional foods, and we’ll also watch tweets with #KYF2 and answer questions from virtual participants. The virtual conversation will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

In addition to some of the questions we weren’t able to answer on our launch webinar, we want to talk about the impact you’re seeing with local foods in your community today, and how the Compass can inspire and inform your work and community tomorrow.

As you explore the Compass and use the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food map – go ahead and post your questions or observations to Twitter with hashtag #KYF2, or on our blog.

6 Responses to “Interested in Local and Regional Food Systems? Jump into the Twitter Conversation Using #KYF2!”

  1. DALVO MAIA says:

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  2. paul hickner says:

    hi-i’m working with a small group of people attempting to set up a food hub in Lansing,MI. Do you have a list of food hubs with contact names & phone #s so we can network & find out the best proceedures & equipment that work? thx much

  3. Rebecca [USDA Moderator] says:

    Hi, Paul.

    Thanks for your questions and interest in finding out more about food hubs. You can find more complete information on our food hub website at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/foodhubs. Included on the site is a working list of existing food hubs: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5091437, which will be updated again when we publish the new food hub guide in April. Next week, we will release a food distribution model study that looks at best practices for food value chains.

    Thanks!

    –Shayla

  4. Joanna says:

    We are planning a food storage hub in our area. We are starting from the ground up using various civic groups for funding, utilizing local resources, empty buildings and working on getting some seniors employed in the process perhaps with the senior employment program in our state to run it when we are through. We think eventually it will be able to absorb alot of the food in the fields here and help utilize food that would otherwise be wasted by restaraunts, stores and truckers going through. That’s at least our hope.

  5. Justin Patterson says:

    I am so amazed and impressed with The USDAs 2012 initiatives to support local organic production. Way to go green!

  6. Karen Merchant says:

    I am trying to locate some folks that were working on a proposal to do a food hub in Patterson New Jersey with the help of the 1772 Foundation and the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders. A ran accross a presentation prepared in 2010 by Mahta Ostovari, Michael Tilford and Shelby Graham. I am trying to find out the status of their project — I may have a collaboration opportunity for a site in neighboring East Orange NJ. Any help would be greatly appreciated — I noted that their project is not listed on the USDA food hub site of active food hubs.

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