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Family Farmed Expo Report: The USDA and urban agriculture

Cassandra West

Ann Wright, USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory programs

Ann Wright, USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory programs, was at the Family Farmed Expo this weekend to talk about the department’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative, farmers’ markets and food deserts.

She said, “agricultural marketing service has a key role in supporting farmers’ markets and the development of regional and local food systems across the country.”

Wright spoke with Seeding Chicago about the USDA’s nutrition programs, the department’s focus on combating obesity and the “exciting” work being done in urban agriculture to raise people’s awareness and empower communities.

Here are some comments Wright shared with Seeding Chicago: