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USDA Local Food Initiatives


People who have never been on a farm are becoming interested in where their food comes from. Towns and neighborhoods that didn’t have regular access to fresh fruits and vegetables are getting them. Farmers and ranchers are tapping into new markets and keeping more money in their pockets by selling locally. And all across the country, innovative local food businesses are starting up and staffing up. Local food systems work for America: when we create opportunities for farmers and ranchers, our entire nation reaps the benefits.

President Barack Obama
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2013

This section of the exhibit lists the USDA initiatives that have been identified by the
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food project as relevant to the topic of local foods.

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food