(Posted Wed. Aug 31st, 2011)
Aug. 31: The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance today announced that Monsanto is joining its movement to answer Americans' questions about how their food is raised. USFRA is a coalition of more than 50 national, regional and state agricultural groups, including the National Corn Growers Association, and their partners, committed to continuously improving how they grow and raise food that provides healthy choices for people everywhere.
NCGA President Bart Schott provided opening remarks at the conference announcing Monsanto's involvement with USFRA at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. During his speech, Schott outlined the goals of the movement, announced the group’s first major series of events and welcomed Monsanto, and all agribusinesses affiliated with the coalition, to the movement.
Expressing the alliance's firm commitment to opening a dialogue on how food is grown and raised in America, Schott stated that the broad range of agricultural groups represented by USFRA will launch activities to answer consumer questions about food safety and production.
"We are committed to listening to and answering Americans' questions about food," said Schott. "To kick off that conversation, on September 22nd, USFRA will present 'The Food Dialogues.' This town hall-style event is the cornerstone of our new effort to listen to Americans and to address their most pressing concerns about the food they put on their tables and feed their families."
Schott went on to explain that the USFRA movement opened itself to agribusiness involvement and created an advisory group for industry partners and participation can be achieved at different levels. Monsanto is supporting USFRA at the Premier Partner Advisory Group level and joins other industry partners including John Deere and DuPont.
"Our agricultural industry partners have an important story to tell when it comes to answering Americans' questions about their food," said Schott. "Industry partners can participate in USFRA's movement at various levels - from Supporting Partners to our Industry Partners Council and our Premier Partner Advisory Group."
"American consumers are interested in learning how their food is grown and raised," said Monsanto Vice President of Customer Advocacy John Raines. "Billions of people depend upon what farmers and ranchers do on a daily basis. Monsanto is proud to support USFRA's efforts to lead a dialogue - bringing together the voices of farmers, ranchers and agricultural partners - to address questions consumers are asking."
In addition to Monsanto, John Deere and DuPont, several other agribusiness entities have joined the USFRA movement, including BASF, Farm Credit and The Fertilizer Institute, as a part of the USFRA Industry Partners Council. Agri-Pulse, Agri-Marketing and Beck Ag are also participating as USFRA Supporting Partners. For more information on the organization, or to join the conversation, please visit www.USFRAonline.org