Farm Journal Foundation and USDA Showcase Ag in Nation's Capitol

U.S. Capitol in Washington DC ( Sara Schafer )

This week the Farm Journal Foundation announced it entered into a two-year agreement with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service to share food’s story. The pair will share the story of how food travels from seed to table in a Modern Ag Garden on the National Mall.

The garden will be adjacent to the USDA Whitten Building where USDA’s Farmer’s Market takes place from May to October. This initiative will highlight a diverse number of crops key to U.S. agriculture economy, share the impact of technology on creating affordable and healthful food supply and connect visitors with farmers and ranchers.

A central component would include a video-based “Voice of the Farmer,” which shares the story of agriculture through farmers and ranchers. In addition, tour visitors can access the narration on a phone-based walking tour, available 24/7.

“Each summer hundreds of thousands of Americans travel to Washington D.C., to learn about our history as a nation,” said Tricia Beal, CEO of Farm Journal Foundation. “Agriculture has played a foundational role in building the United States’ leadership position in the world and it provides a critical element of our national security today and in the future. We are proud to partner without colleagues at USDA, as well as farmers, ranchers and valued partners across the nation, to bring this story to life through an immersive educational experience.”

This program is supported by Farm Journal’s Trust in Food platform and the National Corn Growers Association.