Food Dialogues Comes to Missouri Thursday

(KFEQ)--The Food Dialogues event is coming Thursday to the University of Missouri.

The event, is produced in conjunction with the United States Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and Missouri Farmers Care.

It will consist of panel discussions on Animal Welfare: Beyond the Hype, which will target livestock handling and issues that have arisen in recent years and High-tech or Low-tech: Can't We All Just Get Along, which will focus on the need for conventional and organic agriculture to work together to meet consumer demands.

 The panel event will be moderated by Tom Bradley, the host of Wake Up Columbia on 93.9 The Eagle. The event will live-stream at


September 19, 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT - Registration
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. CT - Animal Welfare: Beyond the Hype
3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. CT - High-tech or Low-tech: Can't We All Just Get Along
Animal Welfare Panel
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
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
Hi-tech or Low-tech Panel
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