National MarketMaker and USDA
The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass was unveiled by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan via a live webinar on February 29, 2012. A paramount objective of Deputy Secretary Merrigan is to encourage a national conversation of how to improve food systems and recognize the resources that are available for this purpose. Because of the presence of synergistic objectives, National Food MarketMaker and AgMRC have joined forces to expand the reach of the Compass goals relative to stimulating a national conversation about local and regional foods. This concept has manifested itself in exciting new ways.