The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance recently held its spring meetings in St. Louis, where significant growth in support of the organization was reported and the greater role farmers and ranchers are playing in our nation’s conversations about food was discussed. The National Corn Growers Association is a founder of USFRA, and NCGA Chairman Bart Schott, a North Dakota Corn Grower, serves as USFRA vice chairman.
“In its first 18 months, USFRA has made a significant impact on the conversation America is having about how its food is produced,” said USFRA Chairman Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Through our Food Dialogues, U.S. farmers and ranchers are actively engaging in this conversation by telling their personal stories of continuous improvement in the operations.”
With nearly 80 affiliate and industry partner organizations supporting USFRA to-date, Stallman said these meetings allowed representatives from a majority of those organizations to convene and collaborate on activities in which USFRA will be engaging. Seventy individuals discussed USFRA’s movement and the need to continue effective dialogue with top influencers and consumers.
“While there was some discussion of the progress to date, there was definite synergy around the movement USFRA has started, and excitement about the next steps to create more momentum,” said USFRA Communications Advisory Committee Chair Forrest Roberts, CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). Remaining communications activities for the year were outlined and approved by the board, all tying back to USFRA’s key objectives.