MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- From environmental sustainability to GMO safety and animal welfare, consumers increasingly want to know if the methods used to grow and raise food are impacting their long-term health or that of the planet. These topics and more will be the focus of an August 11 panel discussion featuring local representatives from across the food value chain. The event, titled, "Farm to Consumer: Bridging the Gap between Consumer Concerns and Food Production and Sourcing Decisions," is part of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance's Food Dialogues series, and is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council and Nebraska Soybean Board.
This event will be moderated by Minnesota native and Bloomberg agriculture policy journalist, Alan Bjerga, and will feature panelists including local farmers and food executives, including:
- Bertrand Weber, director of Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary & Nutrition Services
- Bill Gordon, corn and soybean farmer, Gordon Farms, Worthington, Minn.
- Greg Reynolds, Riverbend Farm, Delano, Minn.
- Jen Haugen, Registered Dietitian, formerly of Hy-Vee
- Jorge Guzman, executive chef, Surly Brewing
- Rochelle Krusemark, corn, soybean, pork and beef farmer, Krusemark Farms, Trimont, Minn.
- Steve Peterson, former director of sustainable sourcing at General Mills
- Steve Polski, senior director, sustainability, Cargill
"We're excited that this panel line-up includes diverse and local perspectives on food production and sourcing," said Randy Krotz, CEO, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). "By bringing together voices from across the spectrum to a local setting, the discussion will dive deep into consumer concerns and what local food companies, large corporations, organizations and Minnesota farmers are doing to better adapt and communicate."
The Food Dialogues: Minneapolis is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Nebraska Soybean Board and the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance. The August 11 event will be held at the Mill City Museum, with check-in and a networking reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. The panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m. For more details on the event, panelist bios and to register to attend, visit http://www.fooddialogues.com/events/fd-minneapolis. Follow the event online on Twitter @USFRA using #FoodD. A full-recording of the event will be available for viewing online at www.fooddialogues.com on Thursday, August 13.
About Food Dialogues®
The Food Dialogues® signature events are designed to bring together farmers, ranchers, industry experts, scientists, media and consumers for dynamic panel discussions on some of today's most pressing topics related to food and food production. Since its launch in 2011, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance has hosted more than 25 panels across the country. To view videos of past events, visit www.fooddialogues.com/events.
About The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC)
The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) is the elected board of soybean producers from Minnesota who direct investments of the state's checkoff dollars in programs designed to increase profitability to Minnesota soybean farmers.
About the Nebraska Soybean Board
The nine-member Nebraska Soybean Board collects and disburses the Nebraska share of funds generated by the one half of one percent times the net sales price per bushel of soybeans sold. Nebraska soybean checkoff funds are invested in research, education, domestic and foreign markets, including new uses for soybeans and soybean products.
About U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®)
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is a group of 90 farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners leading a movement to answer questions about how food is grown and raised. USFRA provides resources and tools to navigate today's food issues landscape with a broader goal of building trust in American agriculture. Follow USFRA on Twitter @USFRA using #FoodD. For more information visit www.fooddialogues.com.
Wholly or partially funded by one or more Checkoff programs.
SOURCE U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA)