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Farmers Feeding the World Receives Grant from Farm Credit

The Farm Journal Foundation's Farmers Feeding the World initiative announced recently that it has received a grant from the Farm Credit National Contributions Program. As a supporter of Farmers Feeding the World, Farm Credit joins other organizations, companies and hundreds of producers across the U.S. rallying to protect modern agriculture's ability to produce the most abundant, affordable and safest food supply in the world. Read More.

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August 2012

Sept. 13: Philabundance Hunger Symposium focusing on the issue of Food Sourcing; Philadelphia, Pa.

Sept. 23-26: CropLife America 2012 Annual Meeting: Amelia Island, Fla.

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Severe Drought Seen as Driving Up Cost of Food

Scorching heat and the worst drought in nearly a half-century are threatening to send food prices up, spooking consumers and leading to worries about global food costs. The U.S. government said it expected the record-breaking weather to drive up the price of groceries next year, including milk, beef, chicken and pork. The drought is now affecting 88% of the corn crop, a staple of processed foods and animal feed as well as the nation's leading farm export. The government's forecast, based on a consumer price index for food, estimated that prices would rise 4% to 5% for beef next year with slightly lower increases for pork, eggs and dairy products. Read More.

Olympic Athletes Help Boost Hunger Awareness

Several Olympic athletes joined Britain's Prime Minister and other world leaders at a meeting billed as a "Hunger Summit" in London, just before the Olympics closing ceremony. Officials wanted to use the publicity of the Olympic Games and the star power of the athletes to focus attention on hunger and malnutrition, which affects dozens of countries around the world. Britain wants to make hunger a key issue of its presidency of the Group of Eight industrialized countries next year. Read More.

U.S. to Add $30 Million to Drought Relief

President Barack Obama said the administration will provide an additional $30 million to aid U.S. farmers and ranchers, who are dealing with the worst drought in 56 years. Read More.

The 2012 Farm Bill: It Still Could Happen

At least one prominent lobbyist believes Congress will pass a farm bill this year, though it may not include disaster payments for the livestock industry. Read More.

 

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Roger Thurow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

The farmer fell to his knees, landing hard on the parched soil, and raised his arms to heaven.

"God, have mercy on us," he prayed, opening his palms to his field. "Provide us with the rain, for when it rains enough, the dirt will easily break. And the seeds will germinate and push up through the soil. Hear my prayer, dear God."

An American farmer this summer? It certainly could be, as the worst drought in decades chokes the U.S. farm belt.

But this particular prayer came from Francis Wanjala Mamati, a Kenyan farmer whose worries mounted by the day as drought spread across his country and all of East Africa. Francis was about to begin turning the soil with his jembe, his hoe, in anticipation of the start of the rainy season. He knew his work would be wasted if the rains didn't come—and come in a hurry. Read More.

   
   
 

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