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USDA Launches Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

February 29, 2012
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One of the most common gripes about the US food system is that we as consumers can feel so far removed from it. Each purchase at a supermarket raises question like, “How far did this travel to get to me?” and “What farm is this actually from?” Back in 2009, in an effort to promote transparency and engagement with local farming communities, the USDA launched the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) campaign, which provides economic opportunities to support the development of local and regional food systems. Today, the USDA introduced a new interactive web portal to enhance the program: the KYF Compass.

The Compass serves as “a digital guide to help stakeholders navigate USDA resources and efforts related to local and regional food systems,” and also features an interactive map and corresponding narrative texts which viewers can use to learn more about programs in their areas. Most of the features of the KYF Compass fall within seven main themes of the campaign:

  • Local Food Infrastructure
  • Stewardship and Local Food
  • Local Meat and Poultry
  • Farm to Institution
  • Healthy Food Access
  • Careers in Agriculture
  • Local Food Knowledge

We’ll have more about the KYF Compass in an upcoming blog post from Food Studies professor and former USDA senior economist Carolyn Dimitri. In the meantime, you can view the Compass here: www.usda.gov/kyfcompass

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