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Farmers Feeding the World Awarded $1.5 Million Grant to Inspire Conversations on Global Hunger and Agriculture

The Farm Journal Foundation announced that its Farmers Feeding the World initiative was awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will fund a Global Food Security and Agricultural Advocacy program. Read More.

Don't Forget: 2013 Farm Journal Forum Will Be Held in December

The 2013 Farm Journal Forum will be held Dec. 4-5 at the Lowes Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. This year's Forum will focus on "Feeding Agricultural Innovation" to explore different methods of helping our industry feed the world, discuss opportunities to foster creativity and ingenuity, and identify barriers to access and development of the next generation of progress. Read More.

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August 2013

Aug. 27-29: Farm Progress Show; Decatur, Ill.

Sept. 17-18: National Agri-Marketing Association's Fall Conference; The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, Mo.

Sept. 22-25: CropLife America's Annual Meeting; White Sulfur Springs, W.V. This year's theme: "The Great Progression of Agriculture."

Sept. 26-27: Ag Catalyst Conference: Inspired Conversations about Food and Agriculture; Minneapolis, Minn.

Sept. 30-Oct. 2: United Fresh Produce Association's Washington Public Policy Conference; The Hyatt Regency, Washington, D.C.

Oct. 16-18: The World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue ; Des Moines, Iowa

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World's First Lab-Grown Burger Is Eaten in London

The world's first lab-grown burger has been cooked and eaten at a news conference in London. Scientists took cells from a cow and, at an institute in the Netherlands, turned them into strips of muscle that they combined to make a patty. One food expert said it was "close to meat, but not that juicy" and another said it tasted like a real burger. Researchers say the technology could be a sustainable way of meeting what they say is a growing demand for meat. Read More.

Wheat Declines as Iraq, Egypt Shun Grain From U.S. in Tenders

Wheat fell in Chicago after Iraq and Egypt shunned U.S. grain in tenders yesterday, indicating prices may need to decline to be competitive in Middle East markets. Egypt, the world's largest wheat importer, bought 60,000 metric tons of the grain each from Romania and Ukraine yesterday, while Iraq purchased 150,000 tons of Australian and Canadian wheat. Read More.

Senate Names Farm Bill Conferees

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Thursday named conferees to reconcile differences in farm bill legislation approved by the Senate and House of Representatives, according to an announcement by Senator Thad Cochran, R-Miss. Read More.

Falling Obesity Rates Among Preschoolers Mark Healthful Trend

A fresh analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the tide may be turning on the childhood obesity front. After decades of steady increases, 19 states and U.S. territories saw small decreases in their rates of obesity among low-income preschoolers. And another 20 states held steady at current rates. A CDC map shows several southern states, including Florida, Georgia and Mississippi, that are part of the downward trend. "We're beginning to see a tipping point," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden says. "We're beginning to see the scales tip in a more favorable, healthy direction." Read More.

The Right To Nutrients: World Food Programme's New Approach To Food Assistance

Anti-hunger organizations including the World Food Programme (WFP) are approaching food assistance with a health perspective—a strategy that is long overdue in the field of food aid, according to Martin Bloem, Chief of WFP's nutrition and HIV unit. "I've worked in this field for 30 years, but it's only now that policy makers are finally recognizing that nutrition is important," said Bloem, who is also a trained medical doctor. "Nutrition is related to so many issues—resistance to disease, equity, intellectual development, economic development. I believe that people have a right to nutrients, beyond just the right to food." Read More.

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Why STEM in the Immigration Bill Should Matter to Agriculture

By Wendy Fink
Associate Director for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources; Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Immigration reform is one of the few federal legislative areas where there is realistic hope for bipartisan compromise and real progress. The Senate's bipartisan 'Gang of Eight' bill, which passed earlier this summer, contains the major priorities that the higher education community has long sought to finally address our nation's broken immigration system. APLU was proud to support the bill.

The House is also working on immigration reform, and we hope they will soon pass legislation that leads to a conference negotiation with the Senate, ultimately yielding necessary and positive changes to our immigration laws.

Although APLU supports the Senate bill, there is still need for improvement. One especially important issue is that agriculture, food and natural resource sciences are not included in a significant provision of the Senate bill and, at this time, the House may also neglect to include these fields.

Both Chambers' proposals provide a special green card to graduates who earned a masterís or doctorate degree in a Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics (STEM) field. The legislation wisely recognizes the need to reverse our country's current self-defeating policy that effectively forces these STEM graduates to return to their country of origin rather than allowing them to stay here and help grow our economy. Unfortunately, the Senate-approved bill and the proposed measure in the House exclude agriculture, food and natural resource sciences from the definition of STEM fields. Read More.

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