Recent growth in the demand for locally and regionally produced food has opened up new market opportunities for farmers, ranchers and food businesses. Americans are interested in learning more about where their food comes from, a trend that benefits all of U.S. agriculture. Learn more about local and regional food systems, who participates in them, and their role in economic and community development in the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass.
An interactive view of USDA programs that support local and regional foods including Specialty Crop Block Grant awards, Farmers Market Promotion Program and more, is available at the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass. The KYF Compass is a digital guide to USDA resources related to local and regional food systems. The Compass consists of an interactive U.S. map USDA-supported local and regional food projects and an accompanying narrative documenting the results of this work through case studies, photos and video content.