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USDA unveils ‘KYF Compass’ report

US: The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass’, a new digital report detailing USDA support for local and regional food projects between 2009 – 2011. 
The KYF Compass includes interactive maps, data sets, photos, video content and business and community case studies, doubling as a resource for local and regional food economy stakeholders, and a mandatory report to Congress. The wealth of data and case studies are a valuable asset for those who want to help local food economies grow. It also offers an easier way to navigate USDA resources and programs.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “The KYF Compass highlights how USDA support for local and regional food systems has brought additional opportunities to our country’s farmers, ranchers, processors, distributors and food entrepreneurs.”
The map displays data about many USDA grants, loans and programmes that support local and regional food systems during 2009-2011, including Farm Service Agency, Farmers Market Nutrition Program, and Seasonal High Tunnel initiative data.
For the first phase of this project, the USDA selected an initial list of 27 programs to use as examples for the Compass and map. The USDA ‘incrementally shares and gathers relevant data,” so only a “portion” of resources and investments are included. Both the map and Compass will be updated over the coming months to showcase additional resources and projects.
Source: Forbes