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Farmers Feeding the World Joins the Alliance to End Hunger
The Farm Journal Foundation announced today that its Farmers Feeding the World campaign will join the Alliance to End Hunger. Led by Ambassador Tony Hall, the Alliance is a non-profit organization that brings together diverse stakeholders dedicated to building the political and public will to end hunger in the United States and around the world. Farmers Feeding the World will join the more than 80 domestic and international NGOs, corporations, religious organizations, universities, healthcare providers, advocacy groups and individuals who make up the Alliance, in an effort to end hunger through education and advocacy.
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Farmers Feeding the World Co-Hosts “Meet the Freshman Roundtable”
On Tuesday, March 13, Farmers Feeding the World co-hosted a “Meet the Freshman Roundtable” with Agri-Pulse, featuring House freshmen Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) and Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) discussing their first year in Congress, future priorities, and their views on the Farm Bill and global challenges. Sara Wyant, Editor of Agri-Pulse, moderated the Roundtable, which derives its name from Agri-Pulse’s “Meet the Freshman” series.
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Foundation Board Member to be Inducted into Agricultural Public Relations Hall of Fame
The Farm Journal Foundation congratulates Board Member Lyle Orwig for being named an initial inductee to the Agricultural Public Relations Hall of Fame. Orwig, CEO of Charleston|Orwig, will be honored later this month for four decades of dedication to ag communications at the annual Agricultural Relations Council meeting on March 22nd and 23rd. Don Lerch, founding member of the Agricultural Relations Council, will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Read More.

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March 2012


  Kip Tom
   Leesburg, Indiana

By the time you read this, spring fever will have crossed Midwest farmers’ minds. It sparks an instinct in most farmers that is unique compared to any other industry, as we feel a sense of a new beginning, life, or simply an end to the winter doldrums. With spring just around the corner, we will once again engage in the ritual many of us have been involved with for most of our lives: growing a crop.

I, like many others, may talk about how we need to treat it as a business. Our goal is to utilize each and every tool we have access to in order to manufacture more from less, while protecting the resources we are privileged to use. But the bottom line is, each and every year we take the challenge of working with weather extremes, commodity market volatility, input price cost variations and public policy—not only here but around the globe. Read More.

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UN Survey Finds Nearly 5 Million Yemenis Need Food Assistance
Almost five million Yemenis are unable to produce or buy the food they need, according to preliminary findings of a United Nations survey, which states that the number of people experiencing severe food insecurity has nearly doubled since 2009. The World Food Programme food security survey, which was produced in collaboration with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Yemeni Central Statistical Organisation (CSO), also found that a further five million people are at risk of becoming severely food insecure as they face rising food prices and conflict. In urban areas, where civil unrest has hit hardest, more than a quarter of households said insecurity had reduced their ability to buy food. Read More.

U.S.-Korea Free Trade Pact Takes Effect Amid Controversy
A long-delayed U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement (FTA) that has stirred controversy in both countries took effect on Thursday, March 15, although the opposition in Seoul has vowed to renegotiate it if it wins elections this year. The deal between the world's top economy and Asia's fourth largest economy will boost trade by billions of dollars and create tens of thousands of jobs, the two sides say, making it one the biggest deals of its kind. Read More.

Vilsack Wants Farm Bill to Be Passed Now, with Beginning Farmer Flexibility
If a Farm Bill is written this year, it needs to be about more than just “tinkering with the payment system” by investing in agricultural research and beginning farmers and ranchers, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said during the 2012 Commodity Classic in Nashville on March 2nd. “The first and most important thing we can do this year is to pass a Farm Bill and pass it now,” he said. “We need to make sure we send a consistent message to our members of Congress.” Read More.

Schools to Choose on Serving ‘Pink Slime’ in Cafeterias
Schools will be able to order ground beef without “pink slime” following public pressure to remove the product, made from beef trim, from lunches. Schools will have the choice of ground beef made without the pink slime, also known as lean finely textured beef, according to the USDA. The disputed product is made of beef trim and treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill pathogens. Read More

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