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HungerU Announces 2013 Fall Tour to East Coast Universities

The HungerU tour is headed down the East Coast this fall with a fast-paced tour schedule of 16 major colleges and universities. HungerU features a large electronic, interactive mobile exhibit. It is a special project of the Farm Journal Foundationís Farmers Feeding the World campaign to end world hunger. The tour focuses on educating college students, academia and the general public about the critical role modern agriculture plays in feeding the world. Read More.

Farm Journal Foundation Is Hiring!

The Senior Policy and Advocacy Adviser will have the opportunity to work with farmers, development professionals, policymakers, youth and philanthropists, and will be instrumental in executing large-scale projects. Find Out More.

Make Plans to Attend the Farm Journal Forum

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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September 2013

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

Sept. 29-Oct. 2: First International Conference On Global Food Security. ; Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands

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

Oct. 8-11: The Corporate Council on Africa: U.S.-Africa Business Summit; Chicago, Ill.

Oct. 10: Come to the Table Summit; Washington, D.C.

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

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House Republicans Pass Deep Cuts in Food Stamps

House Republicans narrowly pushed through a bill on Thursday that slashes billions of dollars from the food stamp program, over the objections of Democrats and a veto threat from President Obama. Read More.

Syngenta Aims to Boost Global Crop Yields by 20%

Agribusiness and NGO leaders gathered in Washington September 19th to learn about Syngenta's seven-year plan to boost worldwide crop yields, a challenge that cannot be solved merely by applying the latest fertilizers or pesticides, said Syngenta's CEO Mike Mack. Syngenta aims to increase the average productivity of the world's major crops by 20% without using more land, water or crops. The agricultural chemicals company announced a "Good Growth Plan," with six outlined commitments set for 2020, intended to address global food security challenges. Read More.

U.S. Ships More Wheat for WFP Emergency Operations to Feed Syrians in Need

A ship carrying wheat from the United States of America—enough to help feed more than 3.5 million Syrians for one month—has delivered its cargo to the port of Beirut as part of a massive emergency food assistance operation by the UN World Food Programme (WFP). This is the second ship to bring a U.S. wheat contribution to support WFP's life-saving work in Syria in less than six months. Read More.

New USDA Trade Initiative Aims to Expand Markets in Sub-Saharan Africa

USDA announced that Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden would lead a trade mission to promote U.S. agricultural trade and investment in sub-Saharan Africa, Sept. 16-20. The trade mission launches USDA's Sub-Saharan Africa Trade Initiative, which aims to expand U.S. agricultural commercial ties in the region. Read More.

Expired Food Store Set to Open Next Year

More than 90%—ninety percent!—of Americans throw out food prematurely, as TIME reported last week. Basically, consumers are confused by phrasing like "use by" and "sell by" and so, to be safe, they end up tossing perfectly good produce, snacks and more. In reality, food dating really just indicates when an item is at its peak freshness, not when it becomes inedible. 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. But 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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