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Linking food, farms and people

An agriculture panel featuring food concerns will be the focus of a program by the League of Women Voters to be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 31 at Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave.

The national league in 2012 voted to update its 1988 agriculture position because so much had changed since the first consensus was taken. A committee made up of members from the Rochester and Wayne County leagues has become familiar with questions concerning financial support for farmers and a number of technological issues, including pesticides, herbicides, genetically modified seeds, agricultural water pollution, aquifer depletion, antibiotics in livestock and accurate food labeling.

Those and many other issues will be addressed at the forum, moderated by Don Alhart of WHAM-TV Channel 13.

Panelists include Stanley (Lee) Telega, NYS director, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development; Robert King, director, senior agriculture specialist, Monroe Community College; Sarah Noble-Moag, representing Noblehurst Farms, a seven-generation, multi-family agribusiness in Linwood; and Tom Burr, director, NYS Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva.

Participants are asked to register at http://bit.ly/1cWlhUR.



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