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The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass and map describe only a portion of USDA and other federal resources available for local producers and food businesses.

When exploring the other federal projects, please keep in mind that in many cases we were only able to access data for a sampling of projects funded through a specific program. There may be relevant projects missing from the map. We are working with our federal partners to gather data on more local food-related projects, which will be added to the map in the coming months.

It may be tempting to add up the dollar amounts displayed on the map to estimate the overall monetary support for local and regional food systems, but this total would be misleading as not every relevant program or project is included.

USDA will continue to update the Compass case studies and the map over the coming months to showcase additional resources and projects that build jobs, economic opportunity, and healthy food access across the country.

The following chart explains the data layers displayed on the Compass map and provides links to downloadable versions of the data.

Please contact us if you have questions by emailing

Finally, USDA agencies offer a number of other maps that may be of interest to you. These include:

KYF Compass Map Data Descriptions

Data Layer Name Description Downloadable Data
* This data layer does not appear until you zoom in to county level.
** This data layer does not appear unless you zoom out to state level.
KYF Projects

USDA projects that support the KYF initiative. They can be displayed in one of three ways as follows:

  1. Projects by Compass Theme – projects classified by the corresponding themes of the Compass. Many projects relate to more than one theme but only one is displayed.
  2. Projects by USDA Program – projects classified by the USDA program that supported them.
  3. Projects by Recipient Type – projects classified by the type of recipient (producer, non-profit, etc.) that received a grant or loan.

The projects on the map are funded through one of the following grant or loan programs (USDA agency in parentheses):

For more information on these and other grant programs, see the KYF Grants, Loans, and Support page.

Excel File (XLS)
Other Federal Partners

Projects that have received funding or technical assistance from federal agencies other than USDA. In many cases, the data on the map is only a sample of the local food-related projects that have been supported through these programs, not a comprehensive list.

The projects are supported through the following federal agencies and programs:

Other Federal Partners (XLSX)
Community Gardens (XLSX)
Job Corps (XLSX)
Appalachian Regional Commission (XLSX)
Centers for Disease Control (XLSX)
GreenSchools! Schools that developed a school garden as part of the GreenSchools! program of USDA’s Forest Service and partners. Excel File (XLS)
Farmers Markets Information voluntarily reported to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) by farmers markets around the United States in the National Farmers Market Directory. Excel File (XLS)
National Farmers Market Directory
Food Hubs Food hubs that USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service had on record as of August 2012. Excel File (XLSX)
Wholesale Markets Wholesale markets that USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service had on record as of August 2012. Excel File (XLSX)
Meat Infrastructure Slaughter and processing facilities that produce meat, poultry, and/or egg products regulated by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Facilities that are listed in the FSIS directory as only handling imported products were excluded. Excel File (XLSX)
Meat, Poultry and Egg Product Inspection Directory
Farm Service Agency Loans Locations of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) state offices, information about FSA loans, and short stories describing how FSA loans have helped farmers and ranchers engage in local food production. Excel File (XLSX)
College Tour Locations Locations (colleges) and dates of presentations by the USDA Deputy Secretary to college and university students as part of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food college tour. Excel File (XLSX)
Seasonal High Tunnels* Number of seasonal high tunnels (also called hoop houses) funded by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) by zip code in 2010-11. For more information, see the  EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative. Excel File (XLSX)
Nutrition Programs at Farmers Markets, State** Funding by state (2012) for the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Farmers Market Nutrition Program,Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) at farmers markets. It also includes additional money provided to states in 2012 for EBT machines at farmers markets through USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Excel File (XLSX)
Nutrition Programs at Farmers Markets, Tribe** Funding by American Indian/Alaska Native Tribe (2011) for the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Farmers Market Nutrition Program and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Excel File (XLSX)
State Facts Information on population, income, education, employment, federal funds, organic agriculture, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and more compiled by USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) for each of the United States. Excel File (XLSX)State Fact Sheets
Congressional Districts Boundaries of the 112th U.S. congressional districts and the names of the representative and senators for those districts. Map Layer Info
Counties Boundaries of counties and county equivalents (e.g., parishes) in the United States. Map Layer Info
Tribal Boundaries

Boundaries of tribal territories in the United States.

Note: This map includes Oklahoma Tribal Statistical Areas as delineated by the U.S. Census Bureau.  Although these areas are associated with particular tribes and tribes have certain jurisdictional authorities and treaty rights in these areas, many Rural Development investments in these areas only in part benefit American Indians, or in fact may not benefit any American Indians or Tribes.  Please contact Rural Development’s Native American Coordinator or Rural Development Staff in Oklahoma to verify whether or not particular investments within Oklahoma Tribal Statistical Areas are indeed investments benefitting American Indians.

Tribal Boundaries

Disclaimer: USDA strives to make the information on this map as accurate as possible, however USDA makes no guarantees, claims, or promises about the accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of this information.  The data may not have the accuracy, resolution, completeness, timeliness, or other characteristics appropriate for applications that potential users of the data may contemplate.  No warranty is made by USDA for use of the data for purposes not intended by USDA.  This information may change over time.  USDA obtains data from sources including but not limited to governmental and private entities, as identified under "Data Sources"; these data are collected and integrated into USDA’s maps but accuracy and completeness are not independently verified.  References to non-USDA products do not constitute an endorsement by USDA.  The information on this map should not be considered authoritative and are neither official records nor legal documents.  In no event shall USDA have any liability whatsoever for payment of any consequential, incidental, special, or tort damages of any kind arising out of the use of or reliance on the geographic data on this map.  It is the user’s responsibility to verify the accurateness of any information on this map.