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Food

USDA To Go All Local? That's Loco!

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Kathleen Merrigan meets with local producers at a farmers' market this month (Photo via USDA)
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In Washington DC the USDA's Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and locavore darling Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan take to the internets today at 11 a.m. local time to launch the USDA's new Know Your Farmer Know Your Food Compass. You can follow the discussion via the Twitter hashtag #KYF2.

Vilsack and Merrigan are chatting with us "public" types about the USDA's vast new digital project. It's an interactive web-based tool/document that includes maps, studies, data sets, and stories from farmers, ranchers, food producers & communities that highlight USDA's support for local and regional food projects. It might even be an attempt to move the hulking bureaucracy towards organic and maybe, gasp, better school food.

Who knows. It happens.