Three years ago the United States Department of Agriculture launched the Know Your Farmer Know Your Food Initiative. It encourages people to support local agriculture. Since then the USDA has released the Know Your Farmer Know Your Food Compass, an online tool that allows users to see how the “USDA supports local and regional food economies; see examples of producers, businesses and communities putting these resources to work; and explore the map to find out what's happening near you.”


Tomorrow, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will be taking part in a live Twitter chat that will focus on “the Department’s support for local and regional food systems and the recent release of the 2.0 version of the Know Your Farmer Know Your Food Compass.” The chat will begin at 1:30 PM EDT.


If you’d like to participate in the Twitter chat, or just follow along with the conversation by Merrigan and those who ask questions, you need to follow the USDA on Twitter at @USDA and follow the hashtags #askUSDA and #KYF2. If you’re unavailable to be on Twitter during the time of the chat, you can ask questions in advance using the #askUSDA hashtag.


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.