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(Posted Wed. Jun 11th, 2014)

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In the latest of its Food Dialogues event series, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance this week held a panel conversation on integrity in food marketing, to explore how the entire food chain – from the farm field to the dinner table – can share information on complex food-production issues while not confusing, misrepresenting or alarming consumers.   “As a corn grower who has seen first-hand how quickly myths about farming and food can spread, I was very happy to see USFRA tackle this subject,” said National Corn Growers Association board member Mike Geske, who serves on the USFRA board’s executive committee. “It’s important for everyone to realize that farmers and their allies understand their concerns and are working hard to ensure that healthy food choices continue to be available for our growing population.”   The Chicago event was moderated by 13-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, author and consumer and investigative correspondent Elisabeth Leamy, and the panel included...

(Posted Wed. Apr 23rd, 2014)

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Special previews of the new documentary FARMLAND, produced by Academy Award-winning director James Moll, are taking place in special venues and film festivals around the country as the May 1 public premiere kicks off in more than 100 communities across the United States.   The documentary was produced with the generous support of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding affiliate. Last week at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, a premiere of the film included five of the six young farmers and ranchers profiled, as well as the musical talent of Everclear and Liz Phair, who offer a new version of “This Land is Your Land” at the film’s conclusion.   “Among the goals of USFRA has always been to raise the profile of farmers and ranchers, to take them to new places and to find an entry into popular culture,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre, an Illinois corn grower who attended the Tribeca event. “Those...

(Posted Tue. Mar 25th, 2014)

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s new feature length documentary, Farmland, will be released nationally May 1.  The film will be distributed via D&E Entertainment in more than 60 major markets. Numerous national exhibitors will be carrying the film, including Regal Cinemas, Marcus Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Landmark Theatres and many key independent theaters.   The film will have its New York premiere at a private screening April 17, during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Additionally, Farmland has been selected to be in competition this year at Cleveland International Film Festival on March 28-29; Atlanta Film Festival on April 6; Nashville Film Festival on April 19; and Newport Beach Film Festival in April 2014.   Farmland offers viewers an intimate and firsthand glimpse into the lives of six young farmers and ranchers across the U.S. chronicling their high-risk/high-reward jobs, and their passion for a way of life that has been passed down from generation to...

(Posted Wed. Nov 27th, 2013)

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Nov. 27: Feature length documentary, Farmland, from Oscar®-winning filmmaker, James Moll, follows the next generation of American farmers and ranchers, all in their 20s, in various regions across the US. Moll spent five months meeting farmers and ranchers before he settled on the six who are featured in Farmland. In order to authentically tell the story through the eyes of this next generation, Moll extensively researched the subject and looked for individuals to profile, specifically choosing from different farming and ranching production methods, various types of crops and livestock and geographic diversity.   Among the six farmers and ranchers featured in the film is David Loberg, a fifth generation corn and soybean farmer, who runs the family farm with his mother. The farm also custom feeds 500 head of cows for a local dairy operation. David lives in Nebraska with his wife and infant son.  Along with Loberg, the film will look at the lives of a Colorado and Texas cattle...

(Posted Thu. Sep 19th, 2013)

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Sept. 19:  Following the success of the Food Dialogues event series, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers and some of its affiliates have kicked off a series of regional events to bring communities together to talk about food and farm issues. Today, two events took place in Columbia, Mo., and Raleigh, N.C.   The first event, in North Carolina, was held in conjunction with the North Carolina Animal Agriculture Coalition.  The first panel discussed the importance of consumer choice in the marketplace, including organic and conventionally grown foods, and the use of science and biotechnology in food production. The second panel focused on farming in North Carolina, why many farms look and operate much differently than they did just 30 years ago, and the complexity of the food production process.   The Food Dialogues: Missouri, hosted by Missouri Farmers Care, was held later in the afternoon and featured a panel on livestock handling and issues related that have arisen in recent years....

(Posted Thu. Aug 22nd, 2013)

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Aug. 22:  Following the success of the Food Dialogues event series, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers and some of its affiliates have kicked off a series of regional events to bring communities together to talk about food and farm issues.   “We’re very proud to be part of USFRA and bring the conversation about food and farming from our fields to homes across America,” said NCGA Corn Board member Mike Geske, a Missouri corn farmer and member of USFRA’s board of directors. “These regional events help us spread the dialogue so we can hear from more people and share our stories about farming and ranching.”   These events kicked off last week with The Food Dialogues: Ohio, held in Columbus. This event features two discussions focused on biotechnology and sustainability to be moderated by local talk radio host Joel Riley.   The first panel discussion, “Biotechnology (GMOs) And Your Food,” explored the role of science when it comes to issues tied to food. Experts addressed tough...

(Posted Thu. Jan 17th, 2013)

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Jan. 17: The National Corn Growers Association’s annual Priority and Policy Conference wrapped up today in St. Louis, concluding a series of discussions on state and national priorities for 2014, NCGA policies and a keynote presentation on the ongoing activities of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. This in-depth look at program research, accomplishments and plans allowed the grower leaders and state organization representatives in attendance to share important information about consumer sentiment and effective communications strategies. “This meeting consistently provides a chance for NCGA leadership to gain valuable insight from our state affiliates while fostering deep discussions that help all of us examine the issues more fully,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson, a grower from Floyd, Iowa. “The research coming out of the USFRA program shows that consumers want farmers to listen to public concerns also. With so much of the population removed from agriculture, we must...