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A whirlwind of activity and growing support this year allowed Farmers Feeding the World, the Farm Journal Foundation's initiative, to march ahead on its mission, which centers on three needs: providing hunger relief, creating ag development for sustainable hunger solutions and communicating the need for modern agriculture in the fight against hunger. Read More.

Secretary Vilsack Urges Farm Country to Be Proactive in Keynote at the Farm Journal Forum

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack started what he called "an adult conversation" with rural America during his keynote speech at the 2012 Farm Journal Forum in Washington, D.C., in early December. The Secretary called on all of agriculture to embrace a more proactive message and approach when pursuing political interests. Read More.

GROWMARK Cookbook Proceeds Support Farmers Feeding the World

On Dec. 14, Farm Journal Foundation announced that GROWMARK has made a donation to Farmers Feeding the World above and beyond its multiyear partnership with the anti-hunger and agriculture education initiative. The donation comes from the sales of a special cookbook created to celebrate the International Year of Cooperatives. Read More.

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December 2012

Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2013: Top Producer Seminar: "Think Outside the Farm: Challenge the Way You Do Business Today." Chicago, Ill. Click here to register.

Jan. 28-29, 2013: Ag Executive Forum: Kansas City, Mo. Click here to register.

Feb. 21-22, 2013: Agricultural Outlook Forum: “Managing Risk in the 21st Century.” Arlington, Va. Click here to register.

Feb. 28-March 2, 2013: Commodity Classic: Kissimmee, Fla. Click here to register.

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Obama Signs Russia Trade Bill that Might Be Tested in Meat Dispute
Source: Bloomberg News

President Barack Obama signed legislation that repeals Cold War-era trade restrictions with Russia, amid a dispute over meat imports, which might test the new relationship. The law, passed by the Senate on Dec. 6, enables the U.S. to establish "permanent normal trade relations" with Russia, a status required for all members of the World Trade Organization, which Russia joined in August. Read More.

Obama to Tap Kerry to be Next Secretary of State
Source: CNN
President Barack Obama has decided to nominate Sen. John Kerry to be the next secretary of state and could make a formal announcement soon, a Democrat who spoke to Kerry told CNN. Read More.

World Bank: Tackle Warming or Poverty Remains
Source: Christian Science Monitor
All nations will suffer the effects of a warmer world, but it is the world's poorest countries that will be hit hardest by food shortages, rising sea levels, cyclones and drought, the World Bank said in a report on climate change. Read More.

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An Excerpt from the 2012 Farm Journal Forum Capstone Keynote Speech By U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

The second concern that I have is about the declining opportunity in Rural America generally. Now, we've talked the last couple of years about the extraordinary agricultural economy, but unfortunately, it has not necessarily translated to improved rural economy.

Our poverty rate in Rural America is at 17 percent, significantly higher than it is in metro areas.

In 1,160 counties in Rural America, over 50 percent of the counties in non-metro areas have lost population in the last 4 years, and I suspect if we look from Census to Census, that has been the case for a considerable period of time. So poverty and population loss present some unique challenges for Rural America.
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