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On a recent trip to Washington, DC, Farmers' Market Coalition (FMC) board members elected a new secretary: MDA Management Analyst and MFMA Adviser, Ruth White. White has served actively on FMC's board for eight years and the election to secretary confirms her commitment to service.
Ruth White (Back row, fourth from the right) and the Farmers Market Coalition delegation received a tour of the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC
While in DC, the FMC delegation met with congressional staffers and learned about the USDA’s new Agricultural Marketing Services. The burgeoning Local Food Research and Development Division held special interest for White, as it seeks to provide state ag agencies with local foods economic impact assessment toolkits and link them to nationwide grant opportunities. A local foods directory is also underway and White contributed valuable insight about the Minnesota Grown Directory’s longstanding success.
With the recent explosion of interest in local foods, White is grateful for the knowledge sharing and resources the FMC has provided. Now in the final year of a three-year term on the board, White says much work remains as she continues her efforts with the Farmers' Market Coalition.