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DIALOGUES

The State Dialogue pilot program launched in 2019 with the goal of engaging members of Congress in their home state and district, and connecting them with thought leaders and key members of the local agricultural community. 

As a result, this created a platform to discuss the importance of U.S. leadership in global food security and agricultural research—leading to tangible policy outcomes.

ABOUT

We believe these dialogues are important because....

The State Dialogue pilot program launched in 2019 with the goal of engaging members of Congress in their home state and district, and connecting them with thought leaders and key members of the local agricultural community. 

As a result, this created a platform to discuss the importance of U.S. leadership in global food security and agricultural research—leading to tangible policy outcomes.

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HOW IT WORKS.

The State Dialogue pilot program launched in 2019 with the goal of engaging members of Congress in their home state and district, and connecting them with thought leaders and key members of the local agricultural community. 

As a result, this created a platform to discuss the importance of U.S. leadership in global food security and agricultural research—leading to tangible policy outcomes.

WHO

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WHAT

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IMPACT

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2019 STATE DIALOGUES

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ILLINIOIS

In March, Illinois Farmer Ambassador Heather Hampton-Knodle joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to tour the Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) lab where they explored RIPE’s work improving photosynthesis in order to increase yields as an important step toward ensuring global food security. As a direct result of this visit, Senator Durbin introduced the America Grows Act which provides a path to critical agricultural research funding over the next five years.

AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE ILLINOIS VISIT,

SENATOR DURBIN INTRODUCED THE AMERICA GROWS ACT WHICH PROVIDES A PATH TO CRITICAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FUNDING OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

INDIANA

In April, Farm Journal Foundation hosted a dialogue in Indiana with Senator Todd Young (R-IN), U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture Kip Tom, Farmer Ambassador Kassi Tom Rowland, and other leaders in agriculture and academia to discuss how U.S. leadership is reducing poverty worldwide, the importance of building economic ties to the developing world, and improving national security through investments in global food security and agricultural development. Additionally, the dialogue provided an opportunity to share why U.S. farmers care about global food security and how faith leaders can speak to the moral urgency of caring for the poor, hungry, and less fortunate.

GEORGIA

In Georgia, Congressman Stanford Bishop (D-GA) joined Farmer Ambassador Ricky Dollison and Fort Valley State University professors for a tour of their agricultural research facilities and participated in a roundtable discussion addressing global food security and the vital role of agricultural research. Following the dialogue, Congressman Bishop supported increases to the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) in the House Agriculture Appropriations bill. AFRI is the nation’s leading competitive grants program for agricultural sciences, and is vital to meet food, fibers, and fuel demands as the global population continues to increase. Meeting lawmakers in their home states and facilitating dialogues with thought leaders, farmers and producers, and engaged community members is key to making long term, systematic changes to supporting global food security, and Farm Journal Foundation is glad to be a facilitator of these important conversations.

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