Food Dialogues – Minneapolis

Chuck Zimmerman

Food Dialogues MinneapolisIt is time to talk about food again. So let’s have a dialogue in Minneapolis on “Farm to Consumer: Bridging the Gap between Consumer Concerns and Food Production and Sourcing Decisions.” Thanks to USFRA, we’ll will be there tomorrow to watch, learn, interview, tweet.

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

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 Follow the event online on Twitter @USFRA using #FoodD. A full-recording of the event will be available for viewing online at on Thursday, August 13.

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