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Farm Bill concerns to be addressed

A forum discussing the nutrition and hunger implications of the newly approved Farm Bill will be hosted Thursday by Foodlink and the League of Women Voters of Wayne County and Rochester Metro and the First Unitarian Church of Rochester.

The event, which is open to the public, will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the church at 220 S. Winton Road.

Panelists include U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter; Julia Tedesco, Foodlink co-executive director, chief development and communications officer; and Lori O’Brien, supervising attorney, Nutrition Outreach & Education Program of Legal Assistance of Western New York Inc., Rochester Office. The program will be moderated by Edward J. Doherty, retired, Rochester Area Community Foundation.

The league’s Agriculture Study Group reviewed the bill for eight months. A recurring concern developed that the scope covered by proposed changes to the LWVUS agriculture position did not include national issues, a major part of the Farm Bill.

The solution was to create two forums. The one Thursday will help answer the question “Who Cares About Hunger?” A March forum focused on agriculture production.

Those planning to attend are asked to register at http://bit.ly/1k4n3DE.


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