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(Posted Mon. Jun 10th, 2013)
Jun. 10: Last week, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance hosted a dinner for 40 select bloggers who attended the BlogHer Food Conference in Austin, Texas. Held on a small urban farm, the dinner brought celebrity chef Danny Boome, USFRA Faces of Farming and Ranching winners Chris Chinn and Will Gilmer, representatives from the pork industry, Texas cattle ranchers and CommonGround volunteers together with food-centric female bloggers for a farm-fresh meal and fresh conversation on farming.
Following a brief tour of the facilities, which grow organic vegetables and raise chickens for egg and meat production, the bloggers sat at the table with the farmers, who grow a variety of crops in addition to raising beef cattle and hogs, to discuss topics that currently are heating up food discussions on the internet. Questions surrounding the idea of “factory” versus family farming, genetically modified crops, animal welfare and the use of pesticides and fertilizers drew significant attention that led to thought-provoking dialogue.
USFRA hosted this event as part of an ongoing effort to bring farmers and ranchers into conversations about food and farming. To learn more about their activities, click here.