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Deputy Secretary of Agriculture to visit Penn State's main campus Wednesday, Oct. 10th
October 9, 2012
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 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.