I AM @USFRA – Kansas Corn

Cindy Zimmerman

The Kansas Corn Commission is one of 16 state corn grower groups that are members of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), along with the National Corn Growers Association, and communications director Sue Schulte says it is very beneficial for them. “USFRA is really working on a multi-level campaign to advocate for agriculture, not only with consumers but with …

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I AM @USFRA New Board Member

Cindy Zimmerman

As one of the new board members for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), Katie Brenny representing the Federation of State Beef Councils got the gold mic treatment at last week’s meeting in Kansas City. Katie and her husband Ted live on a beef farm outside of Mazeppa, Minn., where they raise Charolais and Angus cattle, and she says …

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USFRA Unveils #SMARTFarm for 2017

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) stakeholders and the farm broadcast media got a sneak preview of the new SMART Farm platform for agriculture to talk to people who eat food in 2017. “SMART Farm is going to be woven into all of our programs,” said USFRA Director of Consumer Communications Emily Dameron, who explained that they found the “smart” …

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USFRA Unveils Faces of Farming & Ranching Winners

Kelly Marshall

The next class of Faces of Farming & Ranching represent a broad spectrum of U.S. agriculture. From cotton fields to broilers, from Texas to Virginia, the winners of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) program were announced this week at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The winners were honored for their passion …

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Changing of the Guard for @USFRA

Cindy Zimmerman

Tuesday was also election day for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance board of directors – but fortunately without any drama. Wisconsin farmer Nancy Kavazanjian officially ended her term as chairperson this week and Brad “Pig Farmer of the Year” Greenway, who represents the National Pork Board, is the new chair for the agricultural advocacy organization. “It’s been an amazing …

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Ag Groups Defend Sustainability of #GMOs

Cindy Zimmerman

Agricultural organizations are doubling down on their defense of biotechnology as sustainable, after challenging Dannon for its pledge to eliminate genetically-modified ingredients from some products, citing that it improves sustainability. “There comes a time when we as farmers and ranchers need to step up and challenge when companies misinform consumers,” said U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance CEO Randy Krotz on …

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Dannon Responds to Ag Groups’ Concerns

Cindy Zimmerman

The Dannon Company released a statement Tuesday after being called out by agricultural organizations for its plans to phase out GMOs in some major brands for the sake of sustainability. “We were surprised to receive a divisive and misinformed letter about our efforts to continue to grow America’s enjoyment of dairy products, including yogurt,” reads the company statement release. “Making …

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Ag Groups Tell Dannon Sustainability Needs Biotech

Jamie Johansen

Top farming organizations joined together urging food companies to recognize that their sustainability goals, intended to reduce the use of natural resources, cannot be achieved without the use of modern agricultural practices, despite any misleading assertions to the contrary. This focus on deceptive food company marketing claims is in response to Dannon’s recent pledge to eliminate the use of safe …

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Vote for @USFRA New Faces of Farming and Ranching

Cindy Zimmerman

Here’s one vote you can be happy to cast this year! Public voting for the third class of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) Faces of Farming and Ranching has begun and will run through October 23. Eight finalists for the third class of USFRA Faces were announced last month and the final five will be announced November 9 at …

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I AM @USFRA – Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare

Cindy Zimmerman

Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare, who farms with her husband in west central Illinois, just joined the board of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) about a year ago to represent the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) and she has already learned a great deal. “I still feel a little bit like a newbie,” Roberta says. “It’s very interesting to learn what USFRA …

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