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Farm and Food Campaign Comes to Chicago

11 March 2010


US - Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan is visiting Chicago today (Thursday) to highlight USDA's 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' initiative.

Deputy Secretary Merrigan will present to students at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, speak at the Financing Farm to Fork Conference aimed at supporting local foods by encouraging investment in farm and food production, processing, and distribution businesses, and discuss food systems policy with students and community leaders at DePaul University.

USDA's 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' initiative emphasizes the need for a fundamental and critical reconnection between producers and consumers.

The effort builds on the 2008 Farm Bill, which provides for increases and flexibility for USDA programs in an effort to revitalize rural economies through the promotion local food systems. Aimed at strengthening the connection between farmers and consumers, the initiative also supports local and regional food systems, increase economic opportunities for local farmers, and expand access to healthy food for Americans.

Providing greater access to fresh, healthy food is a priority of the Obama Administration. Last month, First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Let's Move! campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight. The campaign has four primary tenets: helping parents make healthy food choices, serving healthier food in schools; improving access to healthy, affordable food; and increasing physical activity.

The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food website, at, features social media tools to help focus the public conversation about farming and food, while engaging American agriculture and linking producers to customers.

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