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USFRA to Host Food Dialogues Meeting in New York

November 9, 2012

New York City serves as the host location for the third installment of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) Food Dialogues. On November 15, three panel discussions will tackle some of the most discussed topics in food today: antibiotics, biotechnology (GMOs), and how mass media and advertising influence consumers’ food choices. The panels reviewing these topics bring together a diverse group of journalists, consumer influencers, leaders, farmers, and ranchers for an in-depth conversation about food. All panel discussions will be streamed live on the website. In addition, a special Twitter handle (#FoodD) will encourage social media discussion on Thursday.

Also next week, consumers and others can vote to winnow the nine finalists for the Faces of Farming and Ranching contest held by USFRA. More than 100 people entered the contest for their opportunity to become one of the faces of agriculture – those who will be sharing stories and experiences on a national stage to help shift conversations about food production and set the record straight about the way we feed our nation.

Starting on November 15, and running until December 15, people can visit to learn more about each of the nine finalists and the work they do. Two of the nine are dairy farmers.

Consumers are asked to vote for who they believe best represents farmers and ranchers who work to bring food to the table. These votes, along with the recommendation of a panel of judges, will be factored into the decision to determine the Faces of Farming and Ranching.