I Am @USFRA – @AgRetailers

Cindy Zimmerman

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) represents the people who supply farmers and ranchers with the products and services they need to produce food, fiber, and fuel for the world. Many members are also farmers who sell seeds, nutrients, crop protection products, farm equipment, precision technology and agronomic services, so ARA has a strong interest in educating the public so those …



Cindy Zimmerman

One of the new exhibitors at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in Phoenix this week was the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), a group that AFBF was instrumental in creating five years ago. USFRA Senior Manager for Affiliate Relations and Ag Communications Paul Spooner chatted with Farm Bureau members at the …


USFRA Introduces SMART Farm at CES

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA) this week attended CES, the largest consumer electronics show in the world, to introduce the SMART Farm concept to connect technology and innovation with farmers and ranchers. “Science and technology are embraced by consumers in all aspects of their lives,” said Brad Greenway, USFRA Chairman and South Dakota crop and pig farmer. “We …


I AM @USFRA – TX Farm Bureau

Cindy Zimmerman

A half million members strong, the Texas Farm Bureau is one of 25 state farm bureaus that are affiliate members of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) and president Russell Boening says it helps them connect with consumers in the Lone Star State. “USFRA has done such a good job of communicating our message of modern agriculture to consumers,” …

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I AM @USFRA – #Sugarbeets

Cindy Zimmerman

The latest addition to the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) family is the 10,000 farmers in 11 states who make up the American Sugarbeet Growers Association (ASGA). One of those farmers is Galen Lee of New Plymouth, Idaho who currently serves as ASGA president. “In addition to sugarbeets, we also raise hay, grain, and corn, because we have a …

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Why #Farmers Grow #GMOs

Cindy Zimmerman

Maryland farmer Chip Bowling agrees with a new survey that finds the main reason farmers have increased their use of genetically modified (GM) crops is sustainability. “We’re better at what we do because of technology, whether it’s seeds and traits or through the equipment that we use,” says Bowling, who farms on the Chesapeake Bay. He is also chairman of …

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#Farmers View GMOs as Sustainable

Cindy Zimmerman

According to a new survey of U.S. farmers and ranchers, the majority view biotechnology and GMO crops as an important solution in helping raise crops more efficiently. The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) and National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) surveyed over 280 farmers across the United States about their attitudes toward GMO crops and specifically the impact of biotechnology …

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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, Minnesota 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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