USDA Delivers Phase 2 of Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF2) Compass

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An enhanced web-based resource map developed by VSolvit to support local food access, highlight business opportunities for farmers and ranchers, and foster public innovation was released by USDA.

"This is one of the best examples of how strong collaboration and unambiguous commitment amongst stakeholders can result in to development of a robust tool within a very short time span."
- Ms. Payal Kamdar, President/CEO of VSolvit

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Agriculture Deputy Secretary Dr. Kathleen Merrigan fulfill commitment to rapidly deploy Phase 2 of the KYF2 Compass Map.

KYF2 Compass Map is a tool that shows USDA-supported projects and programs that help stimulate development of local and regional food systems, support the growing demand for local and regional foods, and connect consumers with their food and the farmers who grow and raise it. The projects highlighted on the map include projects funded through over 20 USDA key agency mission initiatives. Also, examples of USDA benefits leveraged are presented in the map view, such as locations of seasonal high tunnels (hoop houses), state utilization of Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) benefits, and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs. VSolvit (2011 USDA Small Business of the Year) and Esri played an integral role in development of USDA KYF2 Compass Map.

The original version of the tool was launched in February 2012 and was also developed by VSolvit. In this new version, users will benefit from significant upgrades and changes. The innovative new additions include a web application, which enables users to customize their searches proving more detailed and useful information. One of the most pragmatic new attributes of the map is the ability to conduct spatial searches. Now, users can search for projects or farmers markets within a radius of a zip code. Moreover, the newly added street and aerial base maps help users geographically visualize the search parameters.

“VSolvit has implemented many enterprise wide Geographic Information Systems. However, this is one of the best examples of how strong collaboration and unambiguous commitment amongst stakeholders can result in to development of a robust tool within a very short time span,” said Ms. Payal Kamdar, President/CEO of VSolvit. “There were many moving parts, and everyone on the team had a clear objective, sharp focus and a strong desire to succeed. It has been a privilege for our small company to be part of this solution and this team.” VSolvit’s role as an innovative small business was recognized by the USDA Geospatial Information Officer, Stephen Lowe, and the business partnership has rapidly produced an enterprise-level transformation in the distribution of USDA data and information content.

An open forum conversation launched Phase II of KYF2 from the Whitehouse on 17 July 2012, and the video stream of this event may be watched at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2012/07/17/women-leaders-local-food-agriculture-virtual-roundtable, or may be located on YouTube

About VSolvit L.L.C.
VSolvit L.L.C. (pronounced We-Solve-it) is a leading provider of Geospatial and Information Technology consulting services and solutions - to the government and the private sector. VSolvit was recognized as the USDA Woman Owned Business of the Year in June 2011. VSolvit’s SBA Certified 8(a)/SDB, 8(m)/WOSB status and availability of GSA Schedules enables government agencies have rapid access to GIS/IT expertise to “Geospatially Enable” their organizations.

For additional information on VSolvit L.L.C., please visit http://www.vsolvit.com or email us at info(at)VSolvit(dot)com.

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