Last week, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance held a news conference on Food Industry Sustainability that included members of the agricultural trade and consumer media. During the event, USFRA Chairwoman Nancy Kavazanjian, National Milk Producers Federation Chairman Randy Mooney, University of Arkansas Professor of Ecological Engineering Dr. Marty Matlock and USFRA CEO Randy Krotz unveiled plans for a "Straight Talk" campaign to engage the food industry in a dialogue on sustainable agriculture production, the marketing practices used to reach consumers, and the intersection of both trends.
- GMOs have allowed us to decrease chemical input, carbon emissions and farm more sustainably. -Nancy Kavazanjian
- The only two differences between Dannon yogurt with or without GMOs will be what is claimed on the label, and the price consumers pay. -Randy Mooney
- Sustainability is not a destination, it's a journey. But biotech, which allows for low- and no-till farming, moves us in the right direction. -Dr. Marty Matlock
- There comes a time when we as farmers and ranchers need to step up and challenge companies when they misinform consumers. -Randy Krotz
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.
The Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) is a biennial event happening this June. Learn more.