April 26, 2013 by USFRA
http://www.fooddialogues.com/chicago-food-dialoguesBy Betsie Estes
So I’ve had the neat opportunity to attend some sessions at the BIO International Convention over the last few days, and one of them was The Food Dialogues, a program put together by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. You can watch the recorded panel on the Food Dialogues website here if you’re interested – the basic premise is that a panel of various experts gets together to have a conversation and answer questions about the food production process.
August 22, 2012 by USFRA
USFRA supports farmers’ choices to plant and grow conventional crops, biotech crops, organic crops or a combination. Similarly, USFRA supports consumers’ choices to purchase foods they prefer. Many of our farmers plant biotech seeds for reasons such as protecting their crops from adverse weather. Some of our farmers choose organic production. All of these methods of production contribute to meeting consumer demands for food products as well as producing healthy choices for everyone and protecting the environment.
Farmers also use biotech seeds to reduce crop damage from weeds, diseases and insects as well as from adverse weather conditions such as drought or flooding. Biotech seeds often allow farmers to be more precise about their use of inputs like nutrients, pesticides and water needed to grow crops.
June 14, 2012 by USFRA
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance continues to move the dialogue forward between farmers and ranchers and key influencers and consumers, answering questions and bringing to light how food is grown and raised. On June 20-21, 2012, farmers and ranchers 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.
April 26, 2012 by USFRA
We recently hosted an interesting discussion between three farmers – two of whom are brothers – about different farming methods. The brothers, Brandon and Neil Moseley, have different farming styles. One is a conventional farmer and the other a certified naturally-grown farmer. While they each have different opinions about farming and techniques for success, as a group they agree all farming methods must coexist and there’s a place for each management style.
February 13, 2012 by USFRA
Many consumers ask what the difference is between conventional and organic milk. See what dairy farmer Will Gilmer has to say about both methods of milk production.
Read the story at www.gilmerdairy.blogspot.com
February 08, 2012 by USFRA
FROM THE FOOD MANUFACTURE ON JANUARY 25, 2012
Unlikely allies billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and the Crop Protection Association Society (CPA) have both called for more research into high-tech food production systems, including Genetic Modification techniques, as a way to tackle food poverty.
October 26, 2011 by USFRA
Updated on 11/1/11
Consumers are asking us many questions about biotech seeds and traits. They want to know why some farmers may choose to use them and what the long-term implications are not only for our health but also for the farming/ranching industry.
October 06, 2011 by USFRA
Since we are not a policy organization, we do not and cannot have an official opinion. Each of our more than 50 affiliates and partners may have their own stance on this issue. Our goal is to help facilitate discussion, highlight key issues and encourage farmers and ranchers to engage in conversation with consumers. Many of the farmers who are members of our affiliates use biotech seeds and traits for good reasons like reducing the amount of water or pesticides they need to use on their crops. Some farmers choose not to use biotech seeds for other reasons.
We encourage more farmers and ranchers who have experience with using biotech seeds and traits to join in the conversation â�� it seems pretty one-sided right now. Take a look at this story that ran on Bloomberg in June that tries to address questions objectively. Also, BestFoodFacts.org included a month-long series of blog posts and asked several third-party experts and professors for their thoughts on biotech seeds. Read more on what they think.
June 16, 2011 by USFRA
The human population, now approaching 7 billion, may top 10 billion by 2100. Agronomists predict food shortages in our future, and it doesn’t take an advanced degree to understand why: When food production fails to keep pace with population grow, billions go hungry, including many Americans. To avert disaster, we must find a way to squeeze more grains, fruits and vegetables from ever less farmland.
June 13, 2011 by USFRA
DuPont Joins More than 40 Producer Organizations to Collaborate in Support of Today’s Farmers and Ranchers
WILMINGTON, Del., June 13, 2011 — DuPont today joined an effort to bolster the image of agriculture and enhance public trust in the U.S. food production system. The initiative is led by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), a new initiative represented by more than 40 of the leading farmer- and rancher-led agricultural organizations.