USFRA’s “The Food Dialogues” Town Hall Set for Thursday

September 15, 2011 Bookmark and Share

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) will hold its first public outreach event – The Food Dialogues – on Sept. 22 online and in four locations around the country.

The coalition said the day-long virtual town hall will launch a new effort to bring together different viewpoints on farming and ranching and discuss the issues and challenges facing the U.S. agriculture industry.

USFRA is inviting people of all backgrounds to be part of the discussion incorporated into the program, which will also include a series of panels answering questions Americans have about how their food is grown and raised.

The day’s events will focus on communicating widely who America’s farmers and ranchers are; why the agriculture community is committed to listening to consumers’ questions and improving how they raise food; and how farmers are working to address Americans’ health concerns.

The virtual town hall will be emceed by Claire Shipman from ABC News with panelists in four locations: Washington, D.C.; New York City; Fair Oaks, Ind.; and Davis, Calif.

Participants from around the country will be able watch the Dialogues online at or via a Facebook app accessible at

Users can follow the discussion on Twitter through the @USFRA account and the #FoodD hashtag.

USFRA is also encouraging farmers and consumers to hold “viewing parties” to watch the event.

NAWG President Wayne Hurst, a wheat producer from the Burley, Idaho, area, and NAWG CEO Dana Peterson are scheduled to attend the Food Dialogues event in Washington, D.C. NAWG is an affiliate member of USFRA.