Author: Owen Roberts

Will 2023 be the Year of the Farmer?

An advocacy group called the lllinois Farm Families has created a campaign called Year of the Farmer. It wants consumers to know that almost all farms are family owned. Same with Ontario. Corporations supply farms with products like fertilizer and seed. But the suggestion that faming is corporate controlled is a myth. Photo: Illinois Farm Families Program.

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Revving up the agri-food “moonshot” against cancer

President Biden’s “moonshot” announcement of 2016 – to reduce cancer deaths by 50 percent over the next 25 years – was reintroduced last Monday. The US Department of Agriculture will have a key role to play in the effort by ensuring the most nutritious foods are available in the school meal programs it oversees.

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Urban Cowboy

Raising awareness and promoting dialogue about current food and agriculture issues.


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Owen Roberts is a faculty member in the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications program at the University of Illinois. As an agricultural journalist, he is the past president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists and a lifetime achievement award recipient from the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation. His programs and research papers have been recognized nationally and internationally through awards from the Journal of Applied Communications, the National Agri-Marketing Association, the Association for Communications Excellence, and others.

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