Women Leaders in Local Foods: USDA & White House Hangout

Women Leaders in Local Foods: USDA & White House Hangout

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Tuesday afternoon, July 17, I tuned in for the White House Hangout on Local Foods. The specific focus: Women leaders in agriculture and food policy who are working to build local food systems in their respective regions.

The program was fast-paced, but fortunately there’s a YouTube video: See below.

Speakers:

  • Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan
  • Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who created the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative
  • Cory Carman, Carman Ranch in Oregon, a 4th generation rancher
  • Valerie Segrest, Community Nutritionist & Native Foods Educator for the Northwest Indian College’s Cooperative Extension Department & the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe in Washington
  • Chris Kirby, Coordinator of Oklahoma’s Farm-to-School Program
  • Pamela Roy, Executive Director of Farm-to-Table New Mexico and Director of New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council
  • Susan Noble, Executive Director of the Vernon (Wisconsin) Economic Development Association
  • Moderator: Jon Carson, White House Director of Public Engagement

Know Your Farmer Know Your Food Compass 2.0 coverAs part of the program, Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan introduced the just-released Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass 2.0, with really cool interactive search features that let users identify local food initiatives in specific communities and regions.

To take advantage of the Twitter record of the event, I created this Storify using selective and representative tweets of the content the speakers touched on in the Hangout. I intentionally left out tweets that were questions only, regardless of whether the topic of the question was eventually addressed by one or more speakers. I also tried to include a wide-range of voices, so if multiple tweets covered the same topic, I typically only included one and tried to vary the sources as much as possible to “spread the recognition” around the Twitterverse.

 

http://storify.com/RealSheree/usda-women-leaders-in-local-food-and-agriculture

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