Monday, September 26, 2011

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Stallman: USFRA Town Halls ‘Create Conversation’

“It seems that all the big farm groups—from beef and pork producers to sugar and soybean growers—have been paying attention to those Know Your Farmer’ bumper stickers,” wrote Allison Aubrey, NPR food correspondent, in herblog Thursday.

Aubrey was writing from the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance town hall held Thursday in Washington. She noted that farmers and ranchers know that lots of Americans think the U.S. is on the wrong track in the way the country produces food.

Aubrey reported on the just released consumer and farmer surveys commissioned by USFRA. The survey found that Americans think about food production a lot, yet 72 percent of consumers say they know nothing or very little about farming or ranching.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman, who serves as USFRA’s chairman, told Aubrey that the town hall meetings were designed to improve the dialogue with consumers. “The whole purpose is to create a conversation,” Stallman said.

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance news release

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