Deputy Secretary Merrigan at White House Know your Food Compass Twitter Event
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan (behind table on left), White House Personal Chef and Food Policy Advisor Sam Kass (at table w/blue tie) and White House Office of Public Engagement Director Jon Carson (at table, right) conducted a Know Your Farmer Compass and Geo-spatial mapping tool event that utilized twitter social media to continues the National Conversation on Local and Regional Food projects and how they offer economic opportunities to local farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs. Using the new web-based Know Your Food Compass, the conversation covered many aspects about food, such as infrastructure, stewardship, local meat and poultry, Healthy food access, careers in agriculture and local food knowledge. The virtual conversation took place at the White House, and Twitter was used to expand the conversation worldwide, from Washington, D.C., on Monday, March 5, 2012. Unlike most events where mobile communication devices are asked to be turned off, here it was asked that they remain on allowing people to have social media conversations. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
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