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(Posted Fri. Jul 22nd, 2011)
July 22: As part of its first phase of activity, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance is seeking individual farmer and rancher input and involvement. Growers are urged to visit the USFRA website, provide comments on what they want the American public to know about farming, and take a short survey about their operation by July 29. The National Corn Growers Association is one of dozens of proud USFRA affiliates representing a broad spectrum of American agriculture.
“We’re proud to be part of this initiative at a time when more Americans are becoming more distant from our farmland roots,” said NCGA President Bart Schott, a North Dakota corn grower who sits on the USFRA board’s executive committee. “From grains to livestock to dairy to fresh produce, we are collaborating in ways we never have before, to listen to people’s concerns and address them head-on.”
USFRA is a newly formed alliance consisting of a wide range of prominent farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners working to enhance consumer trust in the U.S. food production system. It marks the first time agricultural groups at the national, regional and state levels have collaborated at this depth to lead the dialogue and answer Americans’ questions about how they raise food – while being stewards of the environment, responsibly caring for our animals and maintaining strong businesses and communities.
A new campaign that kicked off this month in agriculture media tells growers, “As farmers and ranchers, we’ve raised pretty much everything. Except our voices.” “We’ve got a lot of exciting opportunities coming up in the months ahead to not only get our collective voices heard, but to listen and learn about consumer concerns,” Schott said. “Our message is one of continuous improvement and respect for the land, water and air we use, the animals we raise and the people we feed.”