Panel examines how all types of farming play an important role in food production

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance continues to move the dialogue forward between key influencers, consumers, farmers and ranchers, answering questions and bringing to light how food is grown and raised. On June 20-21, 2012, farmers and ranchers will head to Los Angeles – the entertainment capital of the world – for the second Food Dialogues event. Four separate discussions – held over two days – will bring together entertainment movers and shakers, chefs, academics, large restaurant operators, journalists, local leaders, farmers and ranchers for an in-depth conversation about food. 

On Wednesday, June 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT, the second scheduled discussion, entitled, “Meeting of the Minds: Touring Hollywood’s Urban Farm” at The Food Dialogues will examine how all types of farming play an important role in food production. Whether organic, small or large-scale farm, pork, beef or dairy operation, all farmers and ranchers are a pivotal part of how food is grown and raised. This discussion, which includes a tour of Wattles Farm in Hollywood, will take a look at best practices and shared techniques, no matter the farm size, and the role that urban farms/community gardens play in feeding the stomachs and souls of American communities. Discover how rural and urban farmers can work together to provide healthy choices for people everywhere.

The line-up of expert panelists includes:

  • Michael Olson – (urban farm expert and host of the syndicated Saturday Food Chain radiotalk show) – moderator
  • Michael Dimock (Roots of Change) - panelist
  • Kelly Dugan (dairy farmer) – panelist
  • Jacki Easter (Farm Service Agency [FSA] State Executive Director) – panelist
  • Dr. Rachel Surls (community agriculture, LA County Extension Service) – panelist
  • Paul Wenger (farmer) – panelist

Make plans to join us on Wednesday, June 20, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT, for live tweeting, pictures and online discussion during the tour – use #FoodD to follow. Video from the event will be posted on at a later date. Also, if you have questions you’d like to ask the panel, send them to us at To view the lineup for all four panel discussions, visit: