Alliance to Feed the Future Announces Winner of Communicator of the Year Award

Press Release

CropLife America Helps Honor Ryan Goodman at 15th Farm Journal Forum

(Washington, D.C., December 4, 2013) —The Alliance to Feed the Future has announced that Ryan Goodman is the inaugural recipient of its Communicator of the Year Award. The award, given in collaboration with CropLife America, recognizes effective and innovative new voices that are enhancing the public dialogue about modern food production through multi-channel communications, including social media.  

Goodman, a master’s degree candidate from Arkansas studying interactions between cattle nutrition and reproduction at the University of Tennessee and Manager of Communications for Montana Stockgrowers Association, was bestowed the honor.  He grew up on a cattle ranch where his family raised commercial Angus cattle with a herd of 1,200 head. In addition, his family also had a stocker cattle operation, taking care of more than 12,000 yearling cattle on an annual basis. Goodman says that growing up on a farm fostered his desire to study cattle and to have agriculture play a significant role in his life. 

“The simple truth is that I have a passion for the cattle industry and the community of folks involved in producing our food,” says Goodman. “America’s farmers and ranchers have a compelling story to tell. Whether it is our hard work, resilience, sense of community, or passion to keep improving upon our skills, I am proud to be a part of a community focused on agriculture, and I am proud to receive this award.” 

Further, Goodman, author of the blog Agriculture Proud says, “Blogging and using social media is a way to continuously tell the story of agriculture. The heart of social media is about building relationships with individuals, not only of our like mind, but to branch out to other circles.” Goodman also offers a farmer’s perspective through video vignettes he posts to his blog and on YouTube, and he has contributed several blog posts to CNN’s Eatocracy blog. 

Goodman was chosen among eight nominees including top bloggers, journalists, students, farmers and other stakeholders invested in communicating about agriculture to society. 

“This Communicator of the Year Award aims to showcase those who are concerned not just with the here and now of understanding agriculture, but with the needs of generations to come,” said Dave Schmidt, president and CEO of the International Food Information Council, which coordinates the Alliance. “We are honored that Ryan accepted this award and we look forward to working with him to help enhance the dialogue about modern food production.”



Goodman was honored Dec. 4 at the 15th Farm Journal Forum: “The Role of Innovation in Agriculture” at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. 

For additional questions about the Alliance to Feed the Future, please contact or 202-296-6540. 

About the Alliance to Feed the Future
Thmission of the Alliance to Feed the Future is to raise awareness and improve understanding of the benefits & necessity of modern food production and technology in order to meet global demand. 

Members of the Alliance include: Agriculture Council of America; Ag Day Agriculture Future of America Agricultural Retailers; Association American Agri-Women; American Bakers Association; American Commodity Distribution; Association The American Council on Science and Health; American Farmers for the Advancement & Conservation of Technology (AFACT); American Feed Industry Association; American Frozen Food Institute; American Meat Institute; American Peanut Council; American Seed Trade Association; American Society of Agronomy; American Society for Nutrition American Soybean Association; Animal Agriculture Alliance; Animal Health Institute; Association for Dressings and Sauces; Association of Equipment Manufacturers; Biotechnology Industry Organization; CA League of Food Processors; CA Institute for Food & Agricultural Research at UC Davis; Calorie Control Council; Can Manufacturers Institute; Canned Food Alliance; Center for Food Integrity; Corn Refiners Association; Council for Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST) Council for Responsible Nutrition CropLife; America Crop Science Society of America; Council for Biotechnology; Information Egg Nutrition Center; The Fertilizer Institute Family; Career and Community Leaders of America; Farm Journal Foundation; Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States; The Food Institute; Frozen Potato Product Institute; Global Midwest Alliance; Grocery Manufacturers Association; GMA Science & Education Foundation; Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation; Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA); Institute for Food Safety and Health Institute of Food Technologists; Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils; Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture International; Association for Food Protection International; Association of Color Manufacturers International; Dairy Foods Association; International Food Additives Council; International Food Information Council; International Foodservice Distributors Association; International Formula Council; International Ice Cream Association; Iowa State University; College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Irrigation Association; Juice Products Association; Kentucky Livestock Coalition; Kentucky Soybean Association; Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board; Midwest Food Processors Association; Milk Industry Foundation; MilkPEP; National Agricultural Biotechnology Council; National Association of Margarine Manufacturers; National Association of Plant Breeders; National Association of Wheat Growers; National Cheese Institute; National Chicken Council; National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research; National Confectioners Association National Council of Agricultural Employers National FFA Foundation National Fisheries Institute National Frozen Pizza Institute; The National Grange; National Institute for Animal Agriculture; National Livestock Producers Association; National Pasta Association; National Peanut Board; National Pecan Shellers; Association National Restaurant Association; National Turkey Federation; The Nature Conservancy; New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; The Ohio State University, Department of Food Science and Technology Outreach, Inc.; Pennsylvania State University; Department of Dairy & Animal Science; Pennsylvania State University, Department of Food Science; Pink Lady America Produce Marketing Association; Research Chefs Association; Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine & Food Science at UC Davis; Shelf-Stable Food Processors Association; Snack Food Association; Soil Science Society of America; Southern Food & Beverage Museum; STEMconnector; Sustainable Food Project; Texas Tech University, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; United Egg Producers; United Fresh Produce Association; University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences; University of Georgia, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences; University of Illinois, Agricultural Communications Program; University of Massachusetts, Department of Food Science; USA Rice Federation; U.S. Cattlemen's Association; U.S. Custom Harvesters; Vinegar Institute; Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE); and Yellow Tractor Program.