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USDA hires national director for 'Farm to School' program

Deborah Kane
Deborah Kane
The Agriculture Department has hired Deborah Kane as the national director of USDA’s ‘Farm to School’ program.

Kane previously worked at Ecotrust in Portland, Ore., where she founded and ran Food-Hub.org, a food hub that connects farmers and buyers, including schools, across the Northwest.

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan noted in her blog on the USDA website today that Kane will work with the Agricultural Marketing Service, Food and Nutrition Service, and the USDA Farm to School Team to promote and expand the Farm to School efforts “by implementing the provisions provided in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, overseeing a new farm to school grant program, and continuing to find creative ways to increase schools’ access to local foods.”