Monday, July 23, 2012

USDA Invites Public To Submit Questions For Tuesday's Local Food Twitter Chat

Follow @USDA, use the hashtags #askUSDA & #KYF2
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan (l) will host a live Twitter chat on Tuesday, July 24, at 1:30 PM EDT, focusing on the Department’s support for local and regional food systems and the recent release of the 2.0 version of the Know Your Farmer Know Your Food Compass. The live online event is a follow up to last week’s Local Food Hangout hosted by the White House and USDA on the same topic. Merrigan "will answer your questions about the Department’s work related to local food and ways the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass can assist your community," USDA said.

To participate, citizens are invited to follow the @USDA Twitter account, and use the hashtags #askUSDA and #KYF2 to submit questions in advance (NOW) and during the live Twitter chat.

The Compass is a digital guide to USDA resources that support regional food production. Originally unveiled in March of this year, the 2.0 version of the Compass guide contains new case studies of successful regional food projects, while the interactive map feature now includes data on food hubs, farmers markets, meat processing facilities and more, as well as data on USDA-supported projects in all fifty states.

The map is now searchable by key word and zip code, enabling users to zero in on the topics or regions that interest them most and see how USDA can help.

The video of last week's hangout:

Click here for an interview with Sec. Merrigan about the Compass when it was first launched. See also this post about USDA's Guide to Regional Food Hubs, a book created by the agency to "bolster the expansion of market opportunities for small and mid-sized American producers."

*USDA photo