U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Chief of Staff Sara Eckhouse moderates the plenary panel on Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food: The Past, Present and Future at the Agricultural Outlook Forum on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 in Arlington, VA. The panel reviewed the goals and objectives of Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF2) initiative. The panel spoke about how the initiative works; what has been accomplished to date; how local food systems can use KYF2 and other U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs to improve the supply, distribution, and demand for local foods; how KYF2 and Federal âState-local partnerships work together to promote local food production and distribution; and highlighted the initiativeâs work to grow the local food economy in Appalachia. (L to R Appalachian Regional Commission Chief of Staff Guy Land, National Young Farmers Coalition Interim Director Emily Oakley, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of the Secretary Local and Regional Food Systems National Coordinator and Advisor Elanor Starmer, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Chief of Staff Sara Eckhouse). USDA photo by Bob Nichols.
April 21, 2014
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