USDA to support regional food systems

by Editor
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Recovery Act investments for 11 businesses in 9 states to strengthen rural economies by supporting local and regional food systems.

Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Victor Vasquez made the announcement on behalf of Secretary Vilsack at the annual conference for the National Rural Economic Developers Association.

These announcements come as part of USDA's “now Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative, which seeks to create new economic opportunities, to promote local and regional food systems that help keep wealth in rural communities, and to encourage a national conversation about what we eat and where it comes from in order to benefit producers of all sizes.

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