The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), also known as the Agriculture Department, is the U.S. federal executive department responsible for developing and executing federal laws related to farming, agriculture, forestry, and food. It aims to meet the needs of farmers and ranchers, promote agricultural trade and production, work to assure food safety, protect natural resources, foster rural communities and end hunger in the United States and internationally.

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  • In Washington State, farmers markets work alongside state institutions to empower local farmers and promote their produce. In the video, farmers credit their economic viability to the direct marketing that takes place at markets. Farmer-consumer relationships thrive at farmers markets, where trust and community are cultivated. Low-income residents also benefit from the availability of nutrition as...

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  • Farm Logix is a “farm to commercial kitchen technology platform” that serves to connect farmers to institutional kitchens. Linda Mallers, CEO and President of Farm Logix, discusses how her business came to service the Chicago Public School system: the largest district in the United States. Farm Logix also furthers food and farm education in schools through their website www.Farm2School.net. “We re...

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  • U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue remarks to the attendees of the School Nutrition Association's (SNA) 71st Annual National Conference at the Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta, GA, on July 12, 2017. Over 7000 attended the conference, to share best practices for improving menus, strengthening school meal programs and expanding student access to healthy meals. To learn more ab...

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  • DescriptionThis is the opening session of the October 21, 2015 conference at the Economic Research Service (ERS) titled “Reflecting on 20 Years of Measuring Household Food Security in the United States.” The ERS and Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have played key roles in measuring household food security in the United States. With the release of the 2...

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  • DescriptionThis panel discussion took place at the Economic Research Service (ERS) of USDA in commemoration of 20 years of Federal food security statistics on October 21, 2015. The panel includes former staff from ERS and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) who were instrumental in developing the food security measure. It also included outside research¬ers who played key roles. Panelists discu...

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  • In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order establishing the task force “to ensure the informed exercise of regulatory authority that impacts agriculture and rural communities.” As Secretary of Agriculture, Perdue was selected to serve as the task force’s chairman.. Secretary Perdue will be joined by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Secretary of Energy...

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  • U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on May 11, 2017 announced the creation of an Undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a recognition of the ever-increasing importance of international trade to American agriculture. Perdue made the announcement standing by barges filled with agricultural products along the banks of the Ohio R...

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