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Farm Journal Foundation Names University Student Organization Grant Recipient

Farm Journal Foundation has awarded The Ohio State University student organization Micki Zartman Scarlet and Gray Ag Day Committee with its first ever "HungerU" grant, valued at $2,500. The organization was selected among several student groups participating in the Foundation's Farmers Feeding the World "HungerU Mobile Tour," a campaign designed to increase awareness about the role advanced agriculture plays in ending hunger, the world's number one killer.

Sponsored by DuPont, the HungerU Mobile Tour took place in October and November 2012 and included stops at Michigan State University, Kansas State University, University of Illinois, Purdue University, The Ohio State University, University of Missouri and Iowa State University.

To be considered for the grant, student organizations were challenged to build campaign awareness on campus and beyond, leveraging HungerU campaign assets, including its 40-foot trailer emblazoned with powerful images and messaging on hunger, and its social media platforms. The group exhibiting the highest level of engagement, including targeted outreach to campus organizations and influencers, distribution of fliers, attendance of campus events and meetings, posting social media updates and media outreach, would receive the grant.

"We were thrilled when the HungerU team invited us to participate in the campaign, as it gave us a larger platform for addressing ag literacy," said Leslie Risch, adviser for the Micki Zartman Scarlet and Gray Ag Day Committee, whose mission is to educate hundreds of elementary school students annually about the importance of agriculture in the world. Read More.

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Severe Drought Seen as Driving Up Cost of Food
Source: The New York Times
Lisa P. Jackson is stepping down as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Her four-year tenure began with high hopes of sweeping action to address climate change and other environmental ills but ended with a series of rear-guard actions to defend the agency against challenges from industry, Republicans in Congress and, at times, the Obama White House. Read More.

Report Shows Half of the Food Produced Globally
is Wasted

Source: Agri Marketing

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers of the United Kingdom has issued a report saying we waste more than 1 billion metric tons of food per year. Read More.

Cochran Selected as Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member
Source: Agri-Pulse
Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., asserted his seniority and was selected to take over as ranking GOP member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Read More.

FDA Moves on New Food Safety Rules
Source: ABC News
The FDA proposed new rules in early January that would require U.S. food distributors to implement additional measures to combat foodborne illness. The guidelines are aimed at improving food handling in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors after a series of recent disease outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe, cheese and leafy green vegetables that killed scores of Americans. Read More.

 

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Big-Picture Trading, by Tom Dorr

Now that the election and the threat of falling off the fiscal cliff have subsided, maybe we can shift our focus to trade. If we assume continued growth of the global middle class, and I do, then food and agriculture trade opportunities are grand. But accessing these opportunities will require aggressively engaging in trade and policy. Here is why:

  • 95% of the world's population lives outside the U.S.
  • Significant logistic and technology changes have taken place throughout the past seven to 10 years, which completely restructures the costs of exporting and importing value-added, high-quality foodstuffs.
  • From 1990—after the fall of the Iron Curtain—through 2009, more than 1 billion people moved into the global middle class ($20,000 purchasing power parity per household). By 2020, another 1 billion people will have made a similar transition.
  • By 2020, nearly 290 million people in China will have moved into the affluent social class (minimum household income of $38,000).

Time for real debate.

Read More.

   
   
 

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