(Posted Mon. Mar 5th, 2012)
Mar. 5: As a preview to National Agriculture Day events in Washington this week, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance is holding a panel discussion on Capitol Hill that will be streamed live online, and is inviting questions from the public. While he is not a panelist, National Corn Growers Association Chairman Bart Schott, a North Dakota corn farmer, will be present in his role as Vice Chair of USFRA.
“We’re proud to be one of the founding organizations of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance,” Schott said. “Not only has this organization united farmers and ranchers together as never before, but it is helping jumpstart a real conversation about our commitment to continuous improvement to provide healthy choices for all when it comes to the food they eat. This panel will help bring that conversation to our nation’s capital.”
The discussion, before an audience of more than 200, will center on technology, and how, for most industries, it is seen as a catalyst for improvement, but this is often not the case for agriculture. The panelists will discuss the role technology plays, and how it can be used responsibly to meet the growing needs of our nation and the world, as well as address the concerns of our families and the need for healthy choices for everyone. The event is a partnership with Agri-Pulse, a respected provider of agriculture policy news.
The moderator for the panel discussion will be Alan Bjerga of Bloomberg News. Panelists include Roger Beachy, former director of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and president emeritus of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center; Bryan Dierlam, director of government affairs at Cargill; Eileen Langdon, a family farmer and veterinarian from North Carolina; Pat O’Toole, a rancher in Wyoming and Colorado and member of the AGree Advisory Committee; and Dave White, chief of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The panel discussion takes place at 3:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, March 7, and the live stream will be available online by clicking here. Consumers and others can submit questions for the panel online beforehand. Click ‘Ask Your Question’ at www.FoodDialogues.com and indicate that your question is for Ag Day. You can also submit questions and follow the discussion via Facebook and Twitter, using the #FoodD “hashtag.”
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance is a coalition of more than 70 prominent farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners. This Alliance marks the first time agricultural groups at the national, regional and state levels have collaborated to lead the dialogue and answer Americans’ questions about how we raise our food – while being stewards of the environment, responsibly caring for our animals and maintaining strong businesses and communities. For more information, visit the USFRA website.