On July 17, USDA is unveiling the 2.0 version of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass, a digital resource detailing USDA's involvement in local and regional food
You are invited to participate in an exciting launch event on Tuesday, July 17, at 3 pm ET. The USDA and the White House will host a Google+ Hangout with USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, White House Director of Office of Public Engagement Jon Carson and six women leaders - producers, small business owners and others - to explore local foods through the voices of women. This virtual event can be viewed on http://www.whitehouse.gov/live or on the White House Google+ Home page live at 3pm ET. Invite your lists, watch the event and participate by sending Twitter questions via #WHHangout or on the White House Google + page during the event.
Then on Tuesday, July 24, at 1:30 ET, you're invited to join USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan for a follow-up Twitter chat about local and regional food. You can ask her questions directly using #KYF2 or #ASKUSDA. You can also email feedback or questions any time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the Compass? The KYF Compass highlights USDA investments in local food systems; showcases inspiring local food success stories from around the country; and features an interactive map. The 2.0 version of the map (live on July 17) is searchable by keyword or zip code radius, easier to use than the original version and has thousands of new data points, including USDA-funded local food projects in all 50 states, farmers markets, food hubs, wholesale markets, meat processing facilities and other critical infrastructure.