The United States Department of Agriculture’s â€œKnow Your Farmer, Know Your Foodâ€ program is drawing attention as the USDA’s Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary, Victor Vasquez open ups about the importance of the program on rural communities.
â€œThese Small farmers are making most of their income outside of their farm,â€ he told The Post-Journal. â€œWe want to create an environment that helps support the small farmer and the farm itself, and also create an environment that will allow new farmers to come into the role and the industry of agriculture.â€
The main goal of the â€œKnow Your Farmer, Know Your Foodâ€ program is bringing the rural community together with the farmer. It emphasizes the importance of local support to make the agriculture industry grow.
Vasquez said one way they are connecting the community is through providing schools with locally grown food. â€œWe want to look at markets such as schools systems, institutions that purchase a lot of fresh foods that are often times imported.â€
For more information on the â€œKnow Your Farmer, Know Your Food,â€ click here.
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