(Posted Wed. Oct 10th, 2012)

USFRA LogoOct. 10:  Americans continue to have questions about how food is grown and raised. In response, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, which was created to lead the dialogue and answer questions consumers have about food production will host The Food Dialogues: New York in November. The National Corn Growers Association is a proud founder and affiliate of the alliance.


Recently, USFRA announced the panelists who will assemble at The TimesCenter in Midtown Manhattan Nov. 15 for panel discussions on some of today’s most pressing issues concerning food – antibiotics, biotechnology and media, marketing and food.


“NCGA is proud to have been one of the founders of USFRA, and the alliance has succeeded in bringing farmers and ranchers deeper into the discussion about our food and how it is grown,” said NCGA Corn Board Member Mike Geske, a Missouri corn grower who was recently named NCGA’s representative to USFRA. “We’re looking forward to a terrific event that will focus on a conversation about how our farmers and ranchers are committed to continuous improvement in what they do to provide healthy choices.”


The panel discussions, which will stream live at, will focus on three separate topics. USFRA has assembled a group of panelists who are experts in their respective fields with various points of view on the panel topics, including Tracie McMillan, author of “The American Way of Eating,” representatives from Consumers Union, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and farmers and ranchers from across the country. 


The “Media, Marketing and Healthy Choices” panel will examine how the media’s coverage of food and its health benefits has impacted consumer choice. This discussion also will address what more can be done to answer Americans’ questions about how their food is grown and raised.


For the “Your Toughest Questions Answered on Antibiotics in Your Food” panel, experts will discuss antibiotics and its use and application in animal agriculture.


The “Your Toughest Questions Answered on Biotechnology (GMOs) in Your Food” panel will include experts who are well-versed in the use of biotech seeds, including the benefits and concerns related to long-term health and food labeling.


Click here for details and the list of panelists.


USFRA is an alliance consisting of a wide range of prominent farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners. This 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.