USFRA kicks off The Food Dialogues on 9/22
U.C. Davis (Moderator: Jane Wells, CNBC)
- Eric Benson, Egg Producer
- Michael Dimock, president, Roots of Change
- Dr. Neal Van Alfen, Dean, UC Davis School of Agriculture
- Stuart Woolf, president, Woolf Farming
- Rick Stott, Executive Vice President, Agri Beef Co.
Fair Oaks, Indiana (Moderator: Max Armstrong)
- Malcolm DeKryger, Pork Producer
- Phil Bradshaw, USFRA Vice Chairman
- Galen Miller, president, owner, Miller Poultry
- Casie Conley, Future Farmers of America Indiana State President
- Mike McCloskey, president, owner, Fair Oaks Farms
The panel discussion will initiate in Washington, D.C. at 11:30 a.m. EDT and will conclude with the final panel taking place in California. The entire event will stream live online from 11:30 a.m. EDT through 5:00 p.m. EDT, providing opportunities for farmers, ranchers and the general public to register to watch and participate in the discussion online.
"This event will allow anyone with an internet connection the ability to join a conversation about food and where it comes from," said Stallman. "Consumers rightfully want to know that farmers and ranchers are treating animals well, maintaining food quality and safety and doing our jobs in ways that don't harm the environment. This is an opportunity to ask questions, challenge current thinking and truly engage in a real-time, two-way conversation taking place on www.fooddialogues.com and USFRA's Facebook page about food with farmers, ranchers and other major thought leaders in the food and agriculture industry."
New Survey Data to Drive Conversation
The town hall-style discussion will also feature findings from recent surveys of farmers, ranchers and consumers, conducted by USFRA in July and August 2011. USFRA will first announce findings of the farmer/rancher survey which aimed to identify topics the agricultural community wished Americans had more information about when it comes to how food is grown and raised. Top-line findings of the farmer/rancher survey conducted in July 2011 reveal that farmers and ranchers believe the average consumer has very little knowledge on several topics related to food production, including the effect of pesticides, fertilizers and antibiotics on food; where their food comes from in general; and proper care of livestock and poultry. These and other concerns highlighted in a new national consumer survey conducted in August 2011 will be at the forefront of discussion topics.