USDA In Case You Missed It – #USDAResults: New Markets, New Opportunities

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NRCS engineers worked with Hostetler to address resource concerns.

Last week we sat down with famed chef and restaurateur, José Andrés, to hear how the local food movement has impacted food related businesses like his own. Hear from him how the movement has evolved over the last eight years, and the role that the Obama Administration and USDA have had in supporting it.

Last week, we were also pleased to announce an update of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative (KYF2) website. KYF2, launched in 2009, broke down bureaucratic silos to find existing USDA programs across the Department that could support the growing demand for local and regional food systems. An easy-to-use, one-stop shop for resources and information, the KYF2 website has become a place where interested producers can find federal support for local and regional food systems.

The site was redesigned to offer a more user-friendly experience that makes it easier to navigate the wealth of USDA and partner resources. We’ve also reorganized the information and gathered new content to optimize the user-experience. In short, the KYF2 website has become an even better hub of information on USDA’s local and regional food systems work. Read more about what’s new on our blog.

Join us throughout the month of April as we take a look at how significant and transformative USDA investments have supported a growing movement to better connect producers with consumers and expand rural economic opportunities. Follow along on usda.gov, on the USDA blog and by using #USDAResults, or catch up on Chapter IV on our Medium site.

The Week in Pictures

RootDownLA Cultivar Temiloluwa Salako shows off a grain plant called amaranth that is growing in one of the program's community gardens.

In April we’ll take a look at how USDA’s programs evolved to support a growing movement to better get to know our farmers, connecting producers with consumers and expanding rural economic opportunities to help more farmers stay on the farm.