USDA second-in-command to speak Feb. 9

This from our friends at the The Center for Environmental Farming Systems:

Kathleen A. Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will speak in Greensboro and Raleigh on Wednesday, Feb. 9. Her talk is free and open to the public.

“Dr. Merrigan – named by Time magazine as one of the ‘100 Most Influential People of the World’ in 2010 – oversees the day-to-day operation of USDA’s many programs and spearheads the $149 billion USDA budget process. She has managed the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative highlighting the connection between farmers and consumers and supports local and regional food systems that increase economic opportunity in rural America. She also helped to spearhead the Organic Food Production Act. Learn more at

“Dr. Merrigan will discuss efforts to support farmers and build local food economies and pinpoint professional opportunities available to graduates and researchers at the USDA. Dr. Merrigan’s visit is an important component of CEFS’ ongoing Farm to Fork initiative to build N.C.’s local food economy.”

Schedule for Wednesday, February 9:

10:00 a.m. in Room 100, B.C. Webb Auditorium, NCA&T State University, at corner of Benbow and East Market Street.

2:30 p.m. in Room 124, Dabney Hall, NC State University, Dabney Hall, 2620 Yarbrough Drive.

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