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Farm Journal Foundation Hosts Capitol Hill Briefing

Bill Gates, Senators Moran and Brown Round Out Roster of Influential Speakers

On May 7, the Farm Journal Foundation's Farmers Feeding the World initiative co-hosted an international agriculture and food security briefing with the Senate Hunger Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The agriculture briefing convened Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), co-chairs of the bipartisan Senate Hunger Caucus, as well as experts from public, private and nongovernmental sectors, including special guest Bill Gates, who addressed an audience of key Congressional staff, administration officials, and industry and civil society insiders. Read more.

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May 2013

May 21: Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Global Food Security Symposium; Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, D.C.

May 22: CropLife America National Policy Conference; Newseum, Washington, D.C.

June 2-4: Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development 49th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.: "Feeding the Future in a Changing Climate."

June 17:Ceremony Announcing the 2013 World Food Prize Laureate; Washington, D.C.

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World Hunger Gets Renewed Attention

Given how plentiful and inexpensive food is in this country, it's easy to forget that hunger remains an enduring problem around the world. Nearly one in seven people around the globe—854 million all told—suffer from chronic hunger and malnutrition, according to the World Food Programme of the United Nations. Even in the United States, 35 million people go hungry or experience of the risk of hunger each year. Read More.

House Panel Approves Farm Bill

Moving in tandem with the Senate, the House Agriculture Committee approved its own new farm bill late Wednesday, promising billions in savings but also embracing a greater government role in farm policy than many free-market Republicans are likely to accept. The bipartisan 36-10 roll call shortly before midnight capped 48 hours of intense activity, during which first the Senate Agriculture Committee and then the House panel approved competing five-year farm bills that would take effect this fall. Read More.

Proposal for Changes in Food Aid Sets Off Infighting in Congress

A proposal by the Obama administration to overhaul the international food aid program has set off a jurisdictional fight among members of several House and Senate committees, threatening to derail the most significant change to the program since it was created nearly 60 years ago. Read More.

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Fields of Opportunity: Farming in Sub-Saharan Africa

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"U.S. Farm Report" host John Phipps took a trip of a lifetime in late February and early March. He toured several countries in Africa, but it wasn't just a vacation for him. John was invited by a farmer friend from North Dakota who is also trying to establish modern agriculture in Mozambique.

"AgDay" National Reporter Tyne Morgan caught up with both of them prior to their departure to see why farming in Sub-Saharan Africa could be the next big thing.

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