(Posted Thu. Aug 22nd, 2013)

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 questions like whether GMOs present long-term health risks and how biotech crops affect the environment. The second panel discussion, “Sustainability And Your Food,” focused on how our food production system impacts the environment and our economy. Farmers, ranchers, academics and industry experts talked about what “sustainability” means to them, and food producers had the opportunity to share what they do on the farm to ensure a safe, sustainable food supply.


The Ohio event took place in collaboration with the Ohio Soybean Council and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. These discussions can be viewed online here.


Coming up next, on September 19, two events will take place – The Food Dialogues: Missouri, working with Missouri Farmers Care, and The Food Dialogues: North Carolina, in conjunction with the North Carolina Animal Agriculture Coalition. These events will bring together an exciting set of diverse panelists to discuss some of the most pressing topics in food production today. And, each of the events will stream live on the affiliates’ website for all to tune-in.


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