The No. 2 official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture told a packed crowd at Brevard College's Porter Center Thursday that the farming industry has reached a time of "major transition," but also has the chance to capitalize on the increasing "buy local" sentiment among American consumers.
"I came into office and realized there was this real incredible surge of interest — a renaissance of interest — in American agriculture," U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan said. "With people largely disconnected from farms now ... there's this new generation that wants to touch it again." ...
Along with Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe and officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Transportation, Merrigan was in town to release a new report from the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities, in collaboration with the USDA.
The report highlighted the administration's support for small towns and rural communities as they work to create jobs and promote sustainable, homegrown economic development. ...Read the full article
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