Bloomberg’s Alan Bjerga to Moderate Conversation Featuring
Minnesota Farmers and Food Leaders 

MINNEAPOLIS (July 9, 2015) – Consumer concerns about the impact food production practices may have on their long-term health or the health of the planet abound. Increasingly, farmers, ranchers and the entire food chain are working to address these concerns by offering more information and answering questions, including rating systems and sharing stories about how a particular food product is sourced. The Food Dialogues®: Minneapolis will bring together a panel of leaders in the food space, including food and retail executives, and farmers for a conversation about what more can be done to bridge the information gap between food production practices, consumer concerns on health and the environment and the choices that are being made when sourcing food products.  This event, scheduled for August 11, will be moderated by Bloomberg agriculture policy journalist and Minnesota native, Alan Bjerga.

“Farmers, ranchers and food executives have the ability to be even more connected to consumers than ever before,” said Gene Stoel, Soybean Grower and MN Soybean Research and Promotion Council Board Member. “Yet, more must and can be done. This Food Dialogue panel discussion will tackle tough questions related to food production – from GMO safety to animal welfare. Agriculturalists are seeking opportunities to speak directly with food companies, key decision makers and ultimately the consumer. Every time food production practices are discussed, we would like to be in the conversation.”

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. CT. The panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m. CT. For more details and to register to attend this event, visit http://www.fooddialogues.com/events/fd-minneapolis.

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 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.

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Contacts:

Joanna Schroeder, USFRA, Schroeder.joanna@usfraonline.org, 949-812-8022
Jennifer Reinhard, Ketchum, jennifer.reinhard@ketchum.com, 415-984-2235

Wholly or partially funded by one or more Checkoff programs.