National Ag Day and HungerU: Building Dialogue Between Hunger and Agriculture

June 24, 2014

Lesly Weber McNitt, Director, Government Relations & Program Development, Farm Journal Foundation

Photo: Danielle Haddy/Alliance to End Hunger

Farm Journal Foundation and Farmers Feeding the World (FFW) would like to encourage Alliance to End Hunger members to join us for National Ag Day this year! Ag Day will take place on March 25th in Washington, D.C. The theme of this year’s celebration, “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed,” is a perfect opportunity to bring the hunger and agriculture communities together to build relationships and engage in meaningful dialogue.

Focused on increasing public awareness of agriculture’s vital role in society, the National Ag Day celebration includes events and activities to engage the general public, policymakers, media, universities, youth and the business community. Most of the events are free and open to the public. More information on Ag Day events can be found at: http://www.agday.org/media/pr14.php.

Farmers Feeding the World will advance the hunger cause during our involvement in National Ag Day, by tying in two of our core education and advocacy programs with the event. We are excited to share that we are bringing the HungerU Tour to the National Mall (3rd St, NW), just a block away from the U.S. Capitol, where it will be accessible to Congressional leaders, staff, Administration officials, local students, industry members, the general public and YOU.

The traveling exhibit engages university students nationwide in a conversation about world hunger, raises awareness of this crisis and highlights the contributions that agriculture makes in fighting hunger. Tour hosts use interactive materials and educational games to create a fun, engaging atmosphere of critical thinking and dialogue about the global hunger crisis, and then drive students to take action. HungerU visitors are given the opportunity to join the thousands who comprise its national advocacy network so they can stay informed about hunger and agricultural development issues and take action to fight global hunger. HungerU has traveled to 32 colleges and universities since the innovative campaign launched in fall 2012. This semester, the Tour is scheduled to visit 16 universities, in addition to National Ag Day.

Seeing truly is believing and we hope you’ll stop by HungerU in person on the 25th, any time between 9am and 5 pm! RSVP (encouraged, not required) to Jonie Mackey, jmackey@farmjournal.com. For more information please visit www.HungerU.com, @hungerutour, and #hungercantwait.

Also in connection with National Ag Day, the Foundation will launch its new Farm Team program, bringing our inaugural team of farmer advocates to D.C. The Farm Team is a national network of farmers who are passionate about the role of agriculture in addressing hunger around the world. Farm team members seek to engage with policy makers, promoting a national vision and commitment to international food security and agricultural development in U.S. foreign policy. This program empowers visiting Lead Farmers who are passionate about fighting world hunger to engage with their representatives in Washington and inspire sustained U.S. leadership on these issues. When they return home, each Lead Farmer recruits his or her own team to continue the conversation when their U.S. delegations are back in their home states and districts.