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The Food Dialogues coming to Raleigh next month

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The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance is bringing “The Food Dialogues” event and panel discussion to Raleigh on Sept. 19.

Radio personality Lynda Loveland will moderate two panel discussions featuring North Carolina farmers and others employed in food production, food scientists, health professionals and leaders in the food service industry.

The panel discussions will be followed by questions from the audience. The first panel will answer questions about organic and conventionally grown food production and health and safety concerns. Another panel will focus on North Carolina farming and how it has changed in the past 30 years. For information about the topics to be discussed or to see previous sessions, go to

The event is 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St. It is free and open to the public, but attendees have to register beforehand:

It is sponsored by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance and The N.C. Animal Agriculture Coalition.

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Andrea Weigl has been the food writer at The News & Observer since the summer of 2007. She has won a handful of awards from the Association of Food Journalists and the Society for Features Journalism. Her profile of chef Ashley Christensen titled "A Force of Nature" will be published in the sixth edition of "Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing." She is serving a three-year term on the James Beard Foundation book awards committee. Follow her on Twitter at @andreaweigl.