*Please Join Us to Launch the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food
**Compass** Version

On July 17, USDA is proudly unveiling the 2.0 version of the  Know Your
Farmer, Know Your Food
a digital resource detailing USDA's involvement in local and regional food.
*Please help us spread the word!*

You are invited to participate in an exciting launch event on *Tuesday,
July 17, at 3 pm ET*. The USDA and the White House will host a Google+
Hangout with USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, White House Director
of Office of Public Engagement Jon Carson and six women leaders -
producers, small business owners and others - to explore local foods
through the voices of women. This virtual event can be viewed on<>
on the  White House Google+ Home
at 3pm ET. Invite your lists, watch the event and participate by sending
Twitter questions via #WHHangout or on the White House Google + page during
the event.

Then on Tuesday, July 24, at 1:30 ET, you're invited to join USDA Deputy
Secretary Kathleen Merrigan for a follow-up Twitter chat about local and
regional food. You can ask her questions directly using #KYF2 or #ASKUSDA.
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*What is the Compass?* The KYF
USDA investments in local food systems; showcases inspiring local food
success stories from around the country; and features an interactive map.
The 2.0 version of the map (live on July 17) is searchable by keyword or
zip code radius, easier to use than the original version and has thousands
of new data points, including USDA-funded local food projects in all 50
states, farmers markets, food hubs, wholesale markets, meat processing
facilities and other critical infrastructure.

Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-552-4461 / 706-540-0032
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