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Hangout to Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

At USDA, we know that local and regional food systems are an important part of America’s diverse agriculture sector.   Local and regional food is a multi-billion dollar market opportunity for America’s farmers, ranchers and food businesses. From the produce vendor at one of the nation’s 8,100 farmers markets to the operating  220 food hubs across America to the robust farm to school activities in each state,  the expanding market opportunity for local and regional food continues to gain momentum

USDA stands ready to aid and assist America’s farmers and ranchers who want to participate in this growing sector. We’ve been coordinating our work via the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative. However, our ability to continue supporting the local and regional food marketplace is at stake without the passage of a Food, Farms and Job Bill.

Join me on Thursday, November 21, at 2pm ET, as I host a Google Hangout about local food.  We will discuss what the market opportunity for local and regional food has become, where it is going and what the USDA can do to help.  We will also talk about what role the current Food, Farm and Jobs Bill plays in USDA’s work on local and regional food systems.   Featuring local food farmers, food businesses, and students all actively engaged in the local/regional food system, the Hangout will also include YOUR questions and comments.

Participate in the Hangout on Thursday by logging in through your Google+ account or watch it live on our USDA Google+ page.   You can send me questions in advance or share your story by using #myfarmbill on twitter, youtube or facebook.

See you Thursday!

2 Responses to “Hangout to Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food”

  1. Charles F. Sydnor says:

    Please address the impending obstacles to the local food movement by the implementation of FSMA.

  2. Glen Gibellina says:

    Case in point Manatee County Florida School district has 8.5 Million for school budget yet only spends 2% locally in the state. http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/census#/district/fl/1201230 43 thousands students and they spend less than 5 bucks PER YEAR on each student in Manatee County some of the best farmers in the country, what’s wrong with this picture? Every schol should have a productive garden, buy from Manatee county farmers. Yet in th every next county over of Sarasota they recieved a 100,000 grant to set a goal of 50% for local buying of produce. http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/FY_2014_Grant_Award_Summaries.pdf In addition Manatee County school district has surplus land they could be growing produce on as well. My thoughts if this continues…..We are just a generation away from extinction.

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