Bozeman Daily Chronicle: USDA deputy secretary in Bozeman to discuss how to help farmers

A deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be in Bozeman Saturday to discuss how her department can help farmers, whether they sell their products to people down the road or across the ocean.

Kathleen Merrigan will give the keynote address at a Small Business Opportunity Workshop hosted by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., at Montana State University.

Merrigan, former manager of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program, said her office manages the USDA programs that help small farmers bring their products to market.

That includes helping farmers construct hoop-houses to lengthen their growing seasons and helping groups of farmers create food hubs so they can warehouse their produce and sell to large buyers, like schools.

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