September 9, 2011

USFRA to host food dialogues Sept. 22

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) said this week it is hosting The Food Dialogues, a town hall-style discussion to address Americans' questions about how their food is grown and raised, on September 22. The dialogues will be held at four locations across the country and online.

Topics for the interactive event also include the long-term impact of food people are eating – on their own health and the health of the planet — as well as findings from recent surveys of farmers, ranchers and consumers conducted by USFRA.

The event kicks off at 10:30 Central time with lunch at host sites in New York and D.C. Other host sites are in Indiana and California. Following lunch in the Eastern time zones, introductions and panel discussions get underway, gradually moving across the country. The event wraps up about 4:00 Central time following Q/A opportunities at every location - with questions coming from those invited to attend and others via Twitter and Facebook. (Check out this Facebook app, it's a great way to organize and host an online watch party with your friends and family.)

Announced participants include Claire Shipman, television journalist and senior national correspondent at ABC's "Good Morning America," who will moderate the event from Washington, D.C., and chef John Besh, who will moderate from New York. Additional participants include Max Armstrong of Farm Progress Companies and Jane Wells of CNBC.

USFRA said it will announce the full list of panelists prior to The Food Dialogues event - go to for details.

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