USDA to OSU: 'Know Your Farmer'

USDA to OSU: 'Know Your Farmer'
Oregon State's James Cassidy shows a class of Geosciences 300 students the qualities of clay and soil at the OSU Organic Grower's Club farm on Jan. 16, 2011 in Corvallis, Ore. The 13 students taking part in Cassidy's hands-on lesson were completing their community service for Geosciences 300. The course requires students to work in groups of six on one of a variety of projects in the community, from removing English ivy at parks around Corvallis to repairing the Sulfur Springs Trail to creating a public service announcement for OSU's KBVR-FM. (AP Photo/Gazette-Times, Jesse Skoubo)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture deputy secretary is visiting university campuses in Portland and Corvallis to talk about nutrition and a federal initiative called "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food."

Kathleen Merrigan plans to visit Portland State University and Oregon State University Thursday afternoon.

The USDA says she'll talk about efforts to reduce childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles through Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign.

She'll also about the USDA's "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" initiative, which emphasizes the need for what the agency calls a "fundamental and critical reconnection" between local food producers and consumers.

Merrigan will speak in Portland State's Smith Memorial Student Union at 3 p.m. and in Oregon State's Peavy Hall at 6:30 p.m.


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