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About the Event

Americans continue to have questions about how food is grown and raised. In response, Missouri Farmers Care and the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance hosted Food Dialogues®: Missouri.

PANEL 1: ANIMAL WELFARE: BEYOND THE HYPE

Targeted livestock handling and issues that have arisen in recent years.

PANEL 2: HI-TECH OR LOW-TECH: CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?

Focused on the need for conventional and organic agriculture to work together to meet consumer demands.

PANELISTS : ANIMAL WELFARE

  • Chris Chinn, Hog Farmer and USFRA Faces of Farming and Ranching Winner
  • Don Spiers, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Physiology and sponsor of the University of Missouri Animal Welfare Club, University of Missouri
  • Travis Tucker, Owner, Bleu Restaurant
  • MODERATOR: Tom Bradley, Wake Up Columbia’s Radio Talk Show Host
  • Mark Mahnken, Grass-fed Cattle Farmer and Owner, Missouri Legacy Beef
  • Chris Heins, Dairy Farmer, Heins Dairy
  • Alan Wessler, DVM, Vice President, Feed Operations and Animal Health of MFA Incorporated

PANELISTS : "HI-TECH OR LO-TECH"

  • MODERATOR: Tom Bradley, Wake Up Columbia’s Radio Talk Show Host
  • Blake Hurst, Farmer and President of Missouri Farm Bureau
  • Jim Thomas, Vegetable Farmer and Chairman, and Past President, Missouri Organic Association
  • Fanson Kidwaro, Ph.D., Department Chair of Agriculture, University of Central Missouri
  • Dan Shaul, State Director, Missouri Grocer's Association
  • Kevin Wells, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Genetics, University of Missouri.
  • Jennifer Polniak, MS, RD, LD, CDE, Clinical Dietitian and Diabetes Educator at Boone Hospital Center