US Deputy Secretary of Agriculture to speak at UC Davis

by cbishop — last modified May 04, 2011 06:01 AM

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USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan

The distance between American consumers and farmers is shrinking as people nationwide develop a hunger for knowledge about their food and its production.

“Locally sourced meats and seafood” and “locally grown produce” are the top two trends of 2011, according to a National Restaurant Association survey.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan will give a public talk at UC Davis on May 18 about this trend and its potential consequences.

What: “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” a talk by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan

When: Wednesday, May 18, 2 to 3:15 p.m.

Where: Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center, UC Davis

Speaker: Working alongside Secretary Tom Vilsack, Merrigan oversees the day-to-day operation of the USDA’s many programs and spearheads the $149 billion USDA budget process. She also manages the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food effort to strengthen local and regional food systems by helping consumers connect with those who produce their food.

Merrigan’s talk will follow the announcement of the Eric Bradford and Charlie Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award.

About the award:
The Eric Bradford and Charlie Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award is a $1,000 prize given by ASI to an individual who has exhibited the leadership, work ethic and integrity epitomized by livestock geneticist Dr. Eric Bradford and sustainable farmer Charlie Rominger. The award winner will be announced the day of the event.

This event is free and open to the public. Students are encouraged to attend.

Contact: Eve Hightower, ASI Communications Coordinator, (530) 752-8664, ehightower@ucdavis.edu