Diverse panels to hold online discussion of food and water issues


May 21, 2015

The Toledo water crisis of last summer and the challenges of balancing food production and water quality will be the topics of Food Dialogues® Toledo, a live, interactive online event May 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. Panelists will include representatives from city government, agriculture, business, environment and science. The event will take place at Forrester’s on the River near downtown Toledo.

The public is invited to participate live online at  http://www.ofbf.org/FoodD or follow the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #FoodD.

Food Dialogues® Toledo is being hosted by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance®, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Corn Marketing Program, Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program and the Ohio Soybean Council.

Panelists who will discuss the events surrounding the Toledo crisis are Sandy Bihn of Toledo Lighthouse Society and Lake Erie Waterkeeper Inc., Chuck Campbell of City of Toledo Public Utilities, Rich Nachazel of Destination Toledo Inc. and Adam Sharp of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

A second panel will discuss the linkage between food production and water quality and how both resources can be managed to the public’s benefit. Participants are Jack Fisher of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Josh Knights of The Nature Conservancy in Ohio, Jay Martin of The Ohio State University and northwest Ohio farmer Terry McClure, a board member for the Ohio Soybean Council.

The panels will be moderated by Toledo native and Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist Gail Hogan.


CONTACT: Joe Cornely

Sr. Director, Corporate Communications

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

PHONE: (614) 246-8230

E-MAIL: [email protected]

About The Food Dialogues®: The Food Dialogues signature events are designed to bring together farmers, ranchers, industry experts, scientists, media and consumers for dynamic panel discussions on some of today’s most pressing topics related to food and food production. Since its launch in 2011, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance has hosted 26 panels across the country.

About U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®): USFRA is a group of more than 80 farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners leading a movement to answer questions about how food is grown and raised. USFRA provides resources and tools to navigate today’s food issues landscape with a broader goal of building trust in American agriculture.

About Ohio Farm Bureau Federation: Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is a private membership organization of more than 200,000 members that was founded in 1919 with a mission of helping farmers. Farm Bureau works on behalf of members at our nation’s capital, Ohio’s Statehouse, with regulatory agencies, and locally in every Ohio county. Our members are farmers, gardeners, food enthusiasts, teachers, nature fans and anyone who wants to make their communities better by protecting, preserving and promoting agriculture.

About Ohio Corn Marketing Program: The Ohio Corn Marketing Program is a voluntary, self-help program that allows for the collection of a half cent-per bushel assessment by all first purchasers of the grain. Funds can be invested only for research, market development, education and promotion purposes. The program’s goal is to create new and expanded markets for corn and to increase the farm income of Ohio’s corn producers.

About Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program: The Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program Board works to improve wheat production, wheat qualities and to strengthen markets for wheat in Ohio as well as wheat export markets. OSGMP dollars support educational programs in the state and fund research programs at Ohio State University to create better crops and open new markets.

About Ohio Soybean Council: Headquartered in Worthington, the Ohio Soybean Council is governed by a volunteer farmer board, which directs the Soybean Promotion and Research Program. The program’s primary goal is to improve soybean profitability by targeting research and development projects through the investment of farmer-contributed funds.