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USDA Deputy Secretary Merrigan to visit Penn State Ag Sciences

Posted: October 7, 2012

Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan

Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan

 

Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan, plans to visit Penn State on Wednesday October 10. Secretary Merrigan would like to meet with students in the College that evening from 6:30 -7:30 PM in the auditorium of the Forest Resources Building. Merrigan oversees the day to day operations of USDA’s many programs and spearheads the $149 billion USDA budget process.

Specifically, Secretary Merrigan will give a presentation on Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food, an initiative that highlights the importance of local foods and aims to strengthen the connection between farmers and consumers. She will showcase the Know Your Farmer Compass (available here: www.usda.gov/kyfcompass) and discuss how local food systems strengthen rural economies. Deputy Merrigan will also discuss various career opportunities for students interested in local agriculture, not only on the farm, but also in government, business, and the non-profit sector.

 The talk is free and open to the public.  Please share with faculty, staff, and students.