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FFA “Food For All” Grant Projects Under Way

From coast to coast, FFA members are working to curb hunger in their individual communities, thanks to a partnership among the National FFA Organization, Farm Journal Foundation’s Farmers Feeding the World initiative and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Food For All grants were recently awarded to 140 FFA chapters in 39 states. Each of the chapters received up to $2,500 to fund their local and international sustainable hunger relief projects. Read More.

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April, 2012

May 2: AGree Vision for 2030 Event in Washington, D.C. "A Foundation for Change: Strategies for Meeting the Challenges Facing the Food and Agriculture System."

May 3: Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture Luncheon at the Philadelphia Union Legue, hosted by Farmers Feeding the World. Kip Tom will be the guest speaker.

May 16: CropLife America's 2012 National Policy Conference, hosted at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Cancels Food Aid to North Korea after Missile Launch

The United States has canceled a proposed food aid deal with North Korea following its attempt to launch a long-range rocket taking a satellite into orbit. Senior administration officials told NBC News the deal with Pyongyang is off after the rocket was fired. It failed shortly after launch and landed in the sea off the South Korea coast. Read More.

Date Set for U.S. – Colombia Trade Pact

President Barack Obama and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that a free trade agreement between the U.S. and Colombia will go into effect on May 15. Read More.

Anti-poverty Group ONE Pushes for G8 Food Deal

Leaders of the world's industrial powers should commit to boost agriculture investments in poor countries and end hunger and malnutrition among the poor when they meet outside Washington in May, according to a group co-founded by anti-poverty campaigners and rock stars Bono and Bob Geldof. A new report by ONE Campaign said increased donor support for agricultural investment plans in 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Central America could lift about 50 million people out of extreme poverty. Read More.


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Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.)

Our country faces pressing budget challenges in the year ahead. Members of the agriculture committees in both houses of Congress will keep this in mind as we work to renew the farm bill, last updated in 2008. Funding for some programs in the bill is likely to be reduced, as lawmakers search for viable ways to pare back government spending while maintaining authority for the framework of policies which have led to a strong farm economy in recent years.

Along with these budget concerns, it is critically important to keep the significance of ag programs in perspective to ensure any reductions do not spark unintended consequences. In the case of the farm bill, we must remember that food security is an issue of national security; hasty or careless changes to farm-related initiatives in the areas of trade and development could have a negative effect on our standing abroad and security at home. Read More.


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