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USFRA, Mo Farmers Care, Hold Food Dialogues



(MOFARMERSCARE)--The U.S. Farmers  & Ranchers Alliance® convened a panel of experts from multiple disciplines, including farmers, media, industry and academia,  to answer some of the toughest questions surrounding animal welfare and conventional versus organic agriculture.

This discussion was moderated by Wake up Columbia's Tom Bradley at The Food Dialogues: Columbia, which took place at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. During the panel, "Animal Welfare: Beyond the Hype," panelists addressed what more can be done to give consumers access to important information about the treatment and care given to animals in agriculture today.  Panelists discussed how conventional and organic agriculture can work together in "High-tech or Low-tech: Beyond the Hype". 
  
               "The Food Dialogues is a signature event series that was designed by USFRA to answer the tough questions about agriculture," said Bob Stallman, USFRA chairman and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
  
               The panel discussions, which streamed live online, were moderated by Tom Bradley.
  
         Animal Welfare panelists included:
-        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
  
High-tech or Low-tech panelists included:
-        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
-        Jennifer Polniak  ● Clinical Dietitian and Diabetes Educator at Boone Hospital Center
-        Dan Shaul ● State Director, Missouri Grocer's Association
-        Dr. Kevin Wells  ● Assistant Professor of Genetics, University of Missouri
 
 
To watch a full replay of today's panel discussion visit www.mofarmerscare.com 
 

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