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HungerU Tour Engages College Students Regarding Modern Farming Practices

Farmers Feeding the World's HungerU Tour visited West Coast college campuses this spring, sparking conversations about how today's farmers are helping feed a hungry world and educating students on the critical role that modern agriculture plays every day in putting food on our tables. The Spring 2013 Tour, made possible by sponsor DuPont Pioneer, traveled up the West Coast to eight different universities, engaging students in a conversation about hunger in the United States and abroad.

The Tour, fueled by the curiosity of students, also gave the ag industry a unique look inside the minds of tomorrow's generation. Beyond concern for the hunger crisis, students displayed interest in the science of modern farming. Read More.

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June 2013

July 8-11: American Soybean Association Legislative Forum; Washington, D.C.

Click here for coverage and resources from the Farmers Feeding the World and Senate Hunger Caucus briefing on "International Agriculture and Food Security!"

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Chinese Company to Buy Smithfield Foods

On May 29, Smithfield Foods, the largest U.S. pork producer, and Shuanghui International announced the Chinese meat processing enterprise offered to buy Smithfield Foods and acquire the company's debt. Read More.

Farm Bill Defeated in U.S. House

In a surprising development, the U.S. House of Representatives voted down the 2013 farm bill by a 195-234 vote, with opposition coming from both sides of the aisle. Next steps for the $940 billion legislation, which authorizes farm insurance, conservation and food stamp programs for five years, were not immediately clear. The Senate had previously passed a version of the farm bill. Read More.

Prime Minister Issues Call for Action on G-8 Priorities

Addressing the Open for Growth conference, the Prime Minister said that eight years after the UK last hosted the G-8, increased aid has tackled the symptoms of poverty and led to huge advances in developing countries. But he also said it has failed to tackle the root causes of poverty: corruption, weak governance and institutions that lead to conflict and violence. Read More.

UN Food Agency Says 38 Countries Have Met International Target on Hunger Eradication

Thirty-eight countries have already met international hunger eradication targets set for 2015 to halve the percentage of hungry people, the United Nations food agency said on June 12. Read More.

Statement on the Detection of Genetically Engineered Wheat in Oregon

On May 29, USDA announced that a small number of volunteer wheat plants in an Oregon field had tested positive for genetically engineered (GE) glyphosate-resistant wheat. Extensive testing confirmed the wheat as a variety developed by Monsanto.

So far, USDA has neither found nor been informed of anything that would indicate that this incident amounts to more than a single isolated incident in a single field on a single farm. All information collected so far shows no indication of the presence of GE wheat in commerce. Investigators are conducting a thorough review. Read More.

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Is There
a New Colonialism
in Africa?

By Lesly Weber McNitt, Farm Journal Foundation

I recently returned from a Farm Journal Foundation fact-finding trip to Ghana and Kenya to learn firsthand about agricultural development and media. Foundation team members visited farms, fisheries, crop input retailers and projects run by public-private partnerships to modernize production. We met with leaders in radio, television and print media, as well as some tech pioneers who are revolutionizing the way information is delivered to smallholder farmers. Our delegation learned about the progress being made, remaining challenges and the incredible potential for growth.

Although we were in Africa, I was surprised by how we were surrounded by China. During our travel, we often heard the same refrain about the Chinese government building roads, railways, housing, dams and ports in Africa. Driving through the countryside in Kenya, we saw it for ourselves—Chinese infrastructure projects were assembling all around us.

Some call this type of investment soft power; the Chinese government calls it "mutual benefit." I began to wonder if what we're seeing is actually a new form of colonialism. Read More.


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