Inspired by a new generation of people who love to eat, Food Dialogues: Austin will take an in-depth look at Texas agriculture and answer tough questions about diverse food production methods and animal welfare issues.

The first-of-its-kind event in Texas will be held Sept. 18 and is a joint effort between the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) and the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). Experts representing a variety of perspectives will lead a dynamic conversation about where your food comes from and how it is grown.

USFRA developed the regional Food Dialogues series to generate additional conversations and bring fresh ideas to the table around food production close to home. Panelists dig into topics that may not be national issues, but are relevant to the consumers buying food in the city or state of the event. Since 2013, there have been four regional events held in Ohio, North Carolina, Missouri and Iowa, featuring seven different panel discussions.

Food Dialogues: Austin will feature two panel discussions, moderated by Evan Smith, editor in chief and CEO of The Texas Tribune. The event will help Texas consumers reconnect with their food and the farmers and ranchers who grow it.

The first panel discussion, “Animal welfare: Beyond the hype” will address how Texas cattlemen provide proper care to raise livestock efficiently, even when their methods–animal handling, antibiotics, hormones–can be controversial. A panel of cattle experts will discuss the variations on animal husbandry techniques and technologies used in the Texas beef business.

The second panel discussion, “Farming methods. Consumer interpretation.” will address the information and misinformation consumers receive from the daily bombardment of food messages. Consumer decisions shape food supplies, and a panel of experts will discuss health and safety concerns related to the foods we eat and the technology used to grow them.

Learn more about the event and the panelist lineup at, and stay tuned for details on how to follow along with the conversation online, and on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the Food Dialogues: Austin sponsors, check out TFB on Facebook and on Twitter at @TexasFarmBureau. See what TFB has to say about the event over on their blog, Texas Table Top!