USDA & Regional Food Systems: Navigating the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative
USDA senior staff tours you through the KYF2 Compass and demonstrates how it might be helpful for your work in the field.
The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative at USDA is a cross-agency effort focusing on local and regional food systems. On February 29, 2012, the KYF2 Initiative released an in-depth report and interactive map cataloging USDA’s extensive work in local and regional food system systems across the country. They call this project the Compass.
In this webinar, USDA senior staff tours you through these remarkable resources and demonstrates how they might be helpful for your work in the field.
- Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food website
- The KYF2 Compass website
- The KYF2 Compass (PDF)
- Compass launch event recording
- Virtual conversation with the White House recording
Elanor Starmer is Special Assistant to the Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She works closely with Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan’s office to coordinate the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative. She has worked on food, agriculture and water policy issues for over a decade. Elanor has a Master of Science in agriculture policy from the Friedman School at Tufts University and a Master of Arts in development economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She originally hails from New Hampshire.
Wendy Wasserman is a communications specialist with the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service with a focus on local food systems, farmers markets, food hubs and healthy food access. Wendy has had over 20 years experience in communications, outreach and public policy. She started her career on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant for then Rep. Pat Schroder (D-CO). Since then, she has also done public programming and communications with the Smithsonian Institution and Whole Foods Market. She has lived in Hawaii, LA, NY, Tokyo, Japan and most recently Iowa City, IA where she was the founding publisher of Edible Iowa River Valley. Wendy returned to DC about three years ago as a communications consultant with Fair Food Network, the Farmers Market Coalition, and the Wallace Center at Winrock International, where she also a co-authored for Community Food Enterprise: Local Success in the Marketplace. She has a BA and MA in American Studies.