Have questions about the foods you eat and the farmers that grow it? 

Join Lynda Loveland, co-host of the MIX Morning Show and moderator of The Food Dialogues®: North Carolina, as she leads two panel discussions with food and farming experts to answer these questions and more.

When:  September 19, 2013
Where:  Raleigh Convention Center


Can’t join us in person? Click Here to register for the event Live-stream

Want to participate in The Food Dialogues®: North Carolina? Here’s how you can:

1.  Send us your questions! Click Here and share your questions. 
2.  Join the discussion! Live event discussion on Twitter @USFRA, #FoodD
3.  Take a “Mom Farm Tour!”  Click Here to register for a “Mom Farm Tour” to see first hand how food is raised and grown, and possibly be a star in one of two videos shown as part of each panel discussion. 
The North Carolina Animal Agriculture Coalition and U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® know you have questions about how food is grown and raised. In response, we are pleased to host this event where Lynda Loveland and our expert panelists will discuss: 
  • Panel 1: “What’s on my plate?”
North Carolinians want to know more about the food on their plates. This panel will discuss the importance of consumer choice in the marketplace including organic and conventionally grown foods, and the use of science and biotechnology in food production. Our expert panelists will address health and safety concerns related to the foods we eat, how food supplies are shaped by consumer demand, and how interested consumers can learn more.  
  • Panel 2: "Who is my farmer?"                                                                                          
Agriculture and agribusiness represent the largest segment of our state's economy, but most of our population is generations removed from the family farm. For the most part, North Carolinians know very little about where their food comes from, or the people that produce it. This panel will focus on farming in North Carolina, why many farms look and operate much differently than they did just 30 years ago, and the complexity of the food production process. Panelists will also answer questions regarding modern animal care practices, and the balance between responsible, environmentally friendly farming and our farmer's efforts to feed your family and families around the world.
Event Agenda 
10:00 AM  – Registration table opens
11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  – Panel 1: “What’s on my plate?”
12:15 PM to 1:15 PM – Lunch
1:15 PM to 2:15 PM – Panel 2: “Who is my farmer?
Why The Food Dialogues? 
USFRA® recognizes that Americans have important questions about our food and how it is produced. We have all become invested in knowing more about where our food comes from and how it was grown and raised – and how it impacts our personal health. USFRA® helps farmers and ranchers answer consumers’ and influencers’ questions, including the tough ones, about food production.  To learn more about past Food Dialogues events, visit www.fooddialogues.com. 
About USFRA®:
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) consists of nearly 80 farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners representing virtually all aspects of agriculture working to engage in dialogues with consumers who have questions about how today’s food is grown and raised. USFRA® is committed to continuous improvement and supporting U.S. farmers and ranchers efforts to increase confidence and trust in today’s agriculture.
About The North Carolina Animal Agriculture Coalition:
The North Carolina Animal Agriculture Coalition seeks out opportunities to engage with the public, our customers, opinion leaders and our neighbors about what we do and why. We work together to tell the positive story of today’s farms and North Carolina’s farm families, and also discuss important issues such as food safety, health and nutrition, animal care and environmental protection. We do this in a variety of venues, including within our communities and through media outreach. In addition, we act as a resource to help answer questions, model best practices and provide open insight into our products and practices to help the public understand the role animal farming plays in North Carolina.



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