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Source: U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance news release

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) recently held an election of officers during the USFRA Annual Meeting in New York. USFRA Board members elected by their peers to serve as the 2013 USFRA Executive Committee included:

Chairman - Bob Stallman, American Farm Bureau Federation
Vice Chairman - Weldon Wynn, Cattlemen's Beef Board
Secretary - Bernard Leonard, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association
Treasurer - Dale Norton, National Pork Board
At-Large - Mike Geske, National Corn Growers Association
At-Large - Nancy Kavazanjian, United Soybean Board

The USFRA Board is comprised of 18 representatives of affiliate farmer and rancher- led organizations and agricultural industry partners.

Other events taking place during the USFRA Annual Meeting included the third in a series of Food Dialogues℠ featuring panel discussions on agricultural biotechnology, the use of antibiotics in farm animals and the impact of marketing and the media on consumer food choices.

The event was moderated by CNN Business Editor Ali Velshi and held at The TimesCenter. More than 150 people participated in person and preliminary results show that another 2,256 viewed the event via live-stream.

Additionally, the agricultural, media and food communities traded dialogue via Twitter during the event. The Food Dialogues twitter hash tag #FoodD was one of the most used and talked about topics on Twitter that day including 4,579 tweets with the hash tag #FoodD during the event, potentially reaching 11.3 million followers; of those tweets, 2,028 were retweets (49 percent).

Nine finalists for the USFRA "Faces of Farming & Ranching" program were introduced at the Food Dialogues℠. This program is now in the public voting phase through December 15.

Anyone can vote for their favorite "Face" by going to, viewing the videos of each finalist, and voting their preference. Each person can vote once per day. The winners of the "Faces of Farming & Ranching" will be announced in January 2013.

About U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA)

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) consists of a wide range of prominent farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners. These agricultural groups at the national, regional and state levels have collaborated to lead the dialogue and answer Americans' questions about how we raise and grow food - while being stewards of the environment, responsibly caring for our animals and maintaining strong businesses and communities.

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