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April 26, 2016 - On March 29, I was honored to be among the 250 people gathered at the Hall of Laureates in Des Moines, Iowa for “Women and Agriculture: The Road to Global Security”. Organized by the Foods Resource Bank, Oxfam America, and the World Food Prize Foundation, the event celebrated the critical leadership of women and the importance of ensuring human rights and eliminating hunger in order to achieve global peace and security.

Iowa’s Senator Joni Ernst shared a particularly powerful source of inspiration. While in college, she had the opportunity, through a government exchange program, to work alongside peasant farmers on a collective farm in then communist Ukraine. After a full day of manual labor, there were no tractors available on the collective farm, the Ukrainians and Americans would eat supper together. These conversations often included questions about agriculture in the United States, but the Ukrainians were even more interested in what it was like to be free.

What is it like to be free?

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Working with hunger program brings farmer peace

DES MOINES — Conrad farmer Arlyn Schipper said participating in the Foods Resource Bank has given him peace in his soul.

Schipper, who is FRB executive committee vice chairman, shared what his organization is doing on a local and international level at last month's Iowa Hunger Summit in Des Moines.

"I'm here to talk about a organization I'm so proud of,

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