(Posted Thu. Apr 18th, 2013)
April 18: National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson will take part in a special Food Dialogues panel discussion on biotechnology next week in Chicago, hosted by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance in conjunction with the BIO International Convention.
The April 22 USFRA program, “The Straight Story on Biotech in Agriculture: The Media and its Impact on Consumers,” will consist of a panel of experts from multiple disciplines, including farmers, media, industry and academia, who will answer some of the toughest questions surrounding GMOs. Panelists will also discuss what more can be done by all sides – including those who are not in favor of this technology – to give consumers access to information that matters.
“GMOs are one area where we are seeing a lot of questions from consumers, and a lot of misinformation in the news media and newer social media,” Johnson said. “As a farmer, I see the value of crop technology every day in the field, and it’s important that we not only address concerns, but answer questions about how and why we do what we do on our farms.”
A second Food Dialogues event is scheduled for June 19, also taking place in Chicago, with the broader theme of transparency. Both events will stream live online at www.fooddialogues.com.
Last week, the USFRA board of directors met in St. Louis for strategic planning and to review communications plans for the upcoming fiscal year. Mike Geske, a Missouri corn grower who sits on the NCGA Corn Board, is on the USFRA board’s executive committee, and is very optimistic about the program’s future.
“NCGA is very proud to be a founding affiliate of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, and I am thrilled to see what’s in story this coming year,” Geske said. “It was a privilege not only to take part in the planning process, but to announce to my fellow board members that NCGA is increasing its support for this movement in the next fiscal year. USFRA has come a long way in such a short time, and is serving as a strong rallying point for farmers, ranchers, and those who provide us the important tools and services we need.”