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Save the Date for the 2013 Farm Journal Forum

The 2013 Farm Journal Forum will be held Dec. 4-5 at the Loews 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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July 2013

Aug. 3-7: 15th Annual Agricultural Media Summit; Buffalo, N.Y.

Aug. 9-11: Food Resource Bank's 2013 Annual Gathering; Byron Center, Mich.

Aug. 26: International Biotechnology Symposium; Champaign, Ill.

Sept. 17: Philabundance's 3rd Annual Hunger Symposium: Perspectives on Hunger; Philadelphia, Pa.

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House Passes Controversial Farm Bill Without Food Stamps

The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives defied a White House veto threat and passed a controversial farm bill that expands the taxpayer-subsidized crop insurance system but omitted food stamps for the poor. Read More.

Ag Leaders Plead with Congress for Immigration Bill with More Lenient Rules for Hiring Farm Workers

For northern Michigan fruit grower Pat McGuire, the most potent symbol of the immigration debate isn't grainy television footage showing people slipping furtively across the U.S.-Mexican border. Instead, it's plump red cherries and crisp apples rotting on the ground because there aren't enough workers to pick them—a scenario that could become reality over the next couple of months. Read More.

This Terrifying Chart Shows We're Not Growing Enough Food to Feed the World

It's a question that keeps crop scientists up at night: How are we possibly going to feed the world over the next few decades? After all, consider what we're up against: The global population is expected to swell from 7 billion today to 9.6 billion by 2050. The rising middle class in China and India is eating more meat than ever. And this is all happening at a time when we’re setting aside a greater slice of farmland for biofuels and trying not to cut down any more forests (which exacerbates climate change). Doing this in a sustainable manner is tricky. Read More.

Meat Industry Sues Over Country-of-Origin Labeling

U.S. meat industry groups, joined by Canadian counterparts, sued the Agriculture Department seeking to block rules requiring meat producers to increase the amount of information about countries of origin on their products. Read More.

Has the Popularity of Quinoa Hurt the People Who Grow It?

Quinoa, which until recently was eaten mainly by poor rural communities in Bolivia, seems to be everywhere these days. From quinoa salads to a gourmet backpacking dinner, we've featured a fair few quinoa recipes ourselves. This is not without good reason. Rich in protein, fiber, and essential amino acids, quinoa packs a powerful nutritional punch. But quinoa's new found status as an international "superfood" has led some people to question the very nature of our global food system. Read More.

Iowa Farm Couple Honored by Presidents Bush and Obama

Presidents Barack Obama and George H.W. Bush made a rare joint appearance to honor Iowa farm couple Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton, who received the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award. Hammer and Hamilton were honored for their nonprofit Outreach, which provides meals to hungry children in 16 countries, including the United States. Read More.

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Millienials and Farmers: An Unlikely Alliance?

By Gavriella Keyles, Farm Journal Foundation Intern

Those of us born between 1980 and 2000 are subject to a variety of categorizations: Gen Y-ers, millennials, lazy good-for-nothings, "The Me Me Me Generation," entitled, shallow (thanks, Time Magazine, for those last few) and a variety of other less-than-flattering names. What we may call ourselves differs greatly—ambitious, terrified, smart, savvy, bored, nostalgic—but few of us outside of rural communities, I would guess, would say we are particularly interested in the agricultural sector. While this may be true, I see an amazing opportunity for farmers, and for agriculture’s political and economic interests.

Agriculture is poised to leap back into the consciousness of those outside of the industry. And there’s no time like the present. Recent difficulty passing a farm bill, a debate over immigration policies that could seriously harm the state of American agriculture and a critical labor shortage on farms indicate that farmers could use some non-ag allies. Farmers are more important than ever, not only for Americans but also for people across the globe—one U.S. farmer feeds around 155 people, and American agricultural innovation is changing the way the world grows food for the better. But considering that farmers make up only around 2% of the U.S. workforce and that 60% of American farmers are above age 55, millennials and agriculture don’t seem like a peas-and-carrots pair, right? Not exactly, thanks to "foodie-ism."

Time Magazine is right about one thing: millennials care about themselves, and that includes what goes into their bodies. Read More.

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