The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is a coalition of more than 70 farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners who have come together to open a conversation about how our food is grown and raised. NMPF is one of the active members of this coalition, whose participants are collaborating to lead the dialogue and answer Americans’ questions about how we raise our food.
The stories and experiences of real farmers and ranchers are often left out of the conversations happening around American food production, so USFRA is committed to helping consumers connect with farmers and ranchers to enrich the information available. One method of doing so is by contributing electronically to the conversation through the USFRA’s website, www.fooddialogues.com. The Food Dialogues program involves public forums, local and national events, and an ongoing discussion on the website – all with the goal of creating an open conversation.
USFRA has also organized a forum next Wednesday, the National Agriculture Day Dialogue, as part of the commemoration of Ag Day. Innovation is critical to the future of farming and ranching, but many people fear technology in agriculture. The fact that many people think farming should “go back” to the way it was done in the past is an issue that will be tackled at this Food Dialogues forum, which will be held March 7th on Capitol Hill. USFRA has invited many organizations from outside the agriculture community to attend and participate in the dialogue — groups like Consumers Union, American Humane Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and even Meals on Wheels. There will be dialogue and conversation among everyone interested in food and how our food is produced.