You may have noticed that we at Southern SAWG are making a big deal of Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan speaking at our conference. Frankly, we wouldn’t do this for just any person in a high government position. While we encourage all people in government to attend our conference and exchange ideas with farmers and others, not all have been equally encouraging of us. So we are a bit wary about who gets the microphone under our banner.
Why is Kathleen Merrigan different? Because she is the first person to serve in such a high post at USDA – second in command – who comes from the sustainable food movement.