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

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) announced its line-up for the Food Dialogues: Washington D.C. panel taking place at the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum on Friday, February 21. Carolyn O'Neil, the author of "Slim Down South Cookbook" and a nutrition advisor to, will moderate the discussion "Nutrition: Who is shaping America's eating habits?"

"Consumers encounter food terms such as organic, conventional, locally grown and natural on a daily basis, but do they really understand their meanings when making their purchasing decisions?" said Bob Stallman, chairman of USFRA and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. "Our panelists will examine these terms and other topics related to food production, nutrition and making healthy food choices."

The discussion, which begins at 10:00 a.m. EDT at the Crystal Gateway Marriott (Arlington, Va.) and will stream live online at, features the following panelists:

• Jim Call, Farmer, Call Farms, Madison, Minn.
• Dr. Roger Clemens, Chief Scientific Officer, Horn and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, USC School of Pharmacy, Los Angeles, Calif.
• Dennis Derryck, President and Founder, Corbin Hill Farms, New York, NY
• Colette Rihane, MS, RD, Nutrition Guidance and Analysis Division Director, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA, Washington, District of Columbia
• Dr. Craig Rowles, Partner and General Manager, Elite Pork Partnership, LLP, Carroll, Iowa
• Barbara Ruhs, MS, RD, LDN, Corporate Dietitian, Bashas' Grocery Stores, Phoenix, Ariz.

Those interested in attending the Food Dialogues: Washington D.C. in-person must pre-register by visiting Food Dialogues: Washington, D.C. For more information about USFRA or its signature Food Dialogues event series, visit Follow USFRA on Twitter @USFRA and use #FoodD to participate in the discussion.

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