Version 2.0 of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass has been released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The online tool features a web-based document and map highlighting USDA support for local and regional food projects through successful producer, business and community case studies.

“Local food is a rapidly growing trend in American agriculture. It offers additional market opportunities for farmers, ranchers and food business entrepreneurs while enabling consumers to develop a deeper understanding of where their food comes from and how it is produced,” Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said in a news release. “The new stories and data in the 2.0 version of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass offer a comprehensive look at the impact local food is having across the country.”

The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative was launched in September 2009 to coordinate USDA resources and expertise on local and regional food systems. In February this year, the agency released the first Know Your Farmer Food Compass to show how USDA supports local and regional food.

More information about the program can be found online.