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November 28, 2017

What does it take to bring in influencers to help share the word about food and farming?

What does it take to bring in influencers to help share the word about food and farming? This panel conversation highlights how the Kansas Farm Bureau and Kansas Soybean brought together a team to create #FarmFoodTour [video][audio].

October 1, 2017

What is McDonald's approach to beef sustainability?

Mr. Jeffrey Fitzpatrick-Stilwell, Sustainability Senior Manager, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada, shares a case study about McDonald's approach to beef sustainability.

July 3, 2017

What are younger adults (Millennials) doing to engage people in conversation on food and agriculture?

This panel called Sunrise Breakfast with Millennial Minds highlights what younger adults (Millennials) are doing to engage people in conversation on food and agriculture. This session also highlights what is on their minds and what they want from other age groups [video].
June 3, 2017

How did Jay Hill get started in agriculture and how does he work through problems?

Jay Hill, as a Millennial (between 21 and 38 years old), offers funny stories on how he started in agriculture and how he just works through problems to create great opportunities for a community of people [video].
July 5, 2016

What is the consumer perspective on the food side of the agriculture equation?

Supply Channel Insights: How Can Animal Agriculture Provide Solutions to Retail Challenges? - David Fikes, Vice President, Communications and Consumer/Community Affairs, Food Marketing Institute; Steve Potts, Campus General Manager, Levy Restaurant Group/Georgia World Congress Center.

July 5, 2016

How are companies tackling the issues that are pressing in their world of food and agriculture?

Stepping Up: Finding Solutions to Pressing Issues - Gavin Gibbons, Vice President, Communications, National Fisheries Institute; Kristen Coady, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Dairy Farmers of America; Joe Swyers, New York dairy farmer.

May 20, 2016

What Do Consumers Really Want? Jan Johnson, Principal with Millennium Research, Inc. provides some direction.

What Do Consumers Really Want? - Jan Johnson, Principal, Millennium Research, Inc.

What Do Consumers Really Want? Jan Johnson, Principal with Millennium Research, Inc. led a consumer panel focus group in front of the 200 plus attendees to the 2016 Animal Agriculture Alliance Summit.

The panel members did not know who was in the audience and they were not aware of the conference's focus.

The information from that panel is a must listen to for all people in farm operations, agriculture media, marketing, and public relations.

May 20, 2016

What can organizations and companies do to to listen, engage, and connect with people and food and agriculture?

Cultivating Conversations: Approaches to Consumer Engagement - Phil Keiser, President and CEO, Culver’s; Leah McGrath, RD, LDN, Corporate Dietitian, Ingles Markets; Jenny Schweigert, Executive Director, AgChat Foundation.

What can organizations and companies do to to listen, engage, and connect with people and food and agriculture?

From the 2016 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Securing Animal Agriculture's Future: Action Please, May 5 - 6, 2016, Arlington, VA, USA.

More presentations at http://trufflemedia.com/agmedia/conference/2016-securing-ag-future-actio...

May 22, 2015

What are the sustainability trends driving the conversations within Nestlé?

Brian Jones, Responsible Sourcing Manager, Nestlé North America Procurement, talks about sustainability and the trends that are driving the conversations within Nestlé.

Mr. Jones closes with several key points: Nestlé has recognized the need to sharpen it’s focus on sustainability and Nestlé is committed to measuring and reporting its progress.

May 22, 2015

How do you get to know you customer a little bit better?

David Wescott, Wescott Strategic Communications LLC, talks about getting to know you customer a little bit better. Through a project called "Radical Transparency", one dozen on line moms, who were not in agriculture, were invited to visit farms and participate in the nitty gritty of pork production.

Mr. Wescott shares how the project developed and what happened over the course of the Farm to Pork visits.

May 22, 2015

Do you know the details on understanding trends about millennials?

Creating Increased Brand Love and Profits in an Age of DisruptionCreating Increased Brand Love and Profits in an Age of Disruption Jeff Fromm, Author of Marketing to Millennials and Executive Vice President of Barkley U.S., brings out the details on understanding trends about millennials. Mr. Fromm highlights the myths that many believe to be true and offers that those myths are not all true. Mr. Fromm offers a set of questions and tools to help people understand the millennial trends and develop plans to evolve to meet those people where they are now and in the future.

May 22, 2015

Will consumers accept new agriculture technologies?

John Graettinger, Director Food Chain Affairs, Merck Animal Health, aims to address the question of "Will consumers accept new agriculture technologies?" Mr. Graettinger states that consumers do not understand what agricultural technologies exist today and how they work.

Mr. Graettinger offers several examples on how the names of many technologies are not well formed and scare consumers. Mr. Graettinger suggests several changes and challenges people to frame the customer's needs into the messages companies share.

May 22, 2015

"Is there a problem in feeding 9 billion people?" - "Only if you want to eat."

Mandy Hagan, Vice President, State Affairs and Grassroots, Grocery Manufacturers Association, asks the core question of "Is there a problem in feeding 9 billion people?" and rhetorically answer it with "Only if you want to eat".

Ms. Hagan shares approaches to utilizing technology, like genetically modified organisms, to meet the needs of those future 9 billion people.

May 22, 2015

What do non-farms moms think and share after their farm tours?

The Voyage to Radical Transparency - A Journey into the BlogosphereNon Farm Moms Visit Farms To Learn David Wescott, Wescott Strategic Communications LLC; Ilina Ewen, blogger, Dirt & Noise; and Lisa Frame, blogger, A Daily Pinch, offer thoughts on how to tell a story and connect with consumers about food, agriculture, and perceptions. As consumers, not farmers, Lisa Frame and Ilina Ewen share their experiences in learning about the food systems connections to farms. Ms. Ewen and Ms. Frame address questions from the audience of farmers and ranchers.

April 24, 2015

FoodTank is a mix of media, event, and personality that is driving food conversations for consumers and providers.

Danielle Nierenberg - The Role of Food in Social JusticeChanging The Food System This short conversation between Danielle Nierenberg, FoodTank, and Frank Sesno, the Ag Issues Forum host and master of ceremonies, highlights some of the thoughts that many people outside of agriculture have about the business of growing and producing food.

Danielle shares how she arrived at co-founding FoodTank as a way to raise the level of awareness about food, nutrition, and the environment within communities of people interested in food. She also talks about how she developed FoodTank as a digital and event based platform to carry the food messages further.

April 24, 2015

Today food conversations are too fragmented and many times contentious. Danielle Nierenberg and FoodTank aim to bring the conversations of food to the forefront through digital channels, live events with large media channels (like the New York Times), and conversations with groups while eating a meal.

Today food conversations are too fragmented and many times contentious. Danielle Nierenberg and FoodTank aim to bring the conversations of food to the forefront through digital channels, live events with large media channels (like the New York Times), and conversations with groups while eating a meal.

March 1, 2015

How California handles its water issues will set the tone for the rest of the United States. Where will water flow, who is in charge, what life style changes are needed?

Water in California is past a crisis yet action seem limited. The Public Policy Institute of California brought together several panels to talk about the issues, concerns, possible solutions, and actions that all involved need to consider. Presentations & discussion held April 10, 2014, Sacramento, CA, USA.

More info at http://agtoday.us/ppic-pay4water-info-page

Presentation links are below.

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Introduction by Ellen Hanak with an Overview of the PPIC Water Finance Study

February 17, 2015

What are the keys to barbecue and grilling? And how do the types and kinds of equipment impact your BBQ techniques?

A Pitmaster Secret: Award Winning BBQ Tips and TricksBetter BBQ, Pitmaster Secrets Top Barbecuer Elliot Mellow, BBQ ASAP (as in As Smoked As Possible) shares his tips from being a competition barbecuer since 2006. Elliot helps people understand the differences between barbecue and grilling. His tips will help the outcome be great food for you. Key to barbecue and grilling is the kind of meat being used.

Elliot also shares information on the types and kinds of equipment and techniques that can be used. Elliot's preferences is to use a technique that is not only a heat source but can add flavor; charcoal with a combination of wood chunks or chips over the top.

February 4, 2015

Is the race to commit to sustainability outpacing the processes and tools in place?

Dawn Robinson, Regional Director, Latin America, Proforest, talks about the context, drivers, and trends of sustainability. Ms. Robinson highlights some of the standards and tools that are available to help support sustainability efforts.

She closes with some of the challenges, including audit fatigue / duplication, exclusion of smallholders, and the race to commit maybe outpacing the processes and tools in place.

February 4, 2015

Can we share our story in an authentic way that's fun?

Francesca DeBiase, Vice President for Strategic Sourcing & Sustainability, Worldwide Supply Chain, McDonald’s, shares a video of people from different backgrounds and ages showing off their football (soccer) ball handling skills in surprising settings. The video is "about sharing our story in an authentic way that's fun". For beef sustainability,

February 4, 2015

The "S" word is over used and, from a farmer perspective, the word is lost in the conversations.

Karl Williams, Director, FAI Farms with Benchmark Holdings, talks about farmers can measure sustainability. He suggests the "S" word is over used and, from a farmer perspective, the word is lost in the conversations.

Mr. Williams uses the model of the three Es (Economics, Ethics, and Environment) throughout the presentation, highlighting how real farmers are accomplishing sustainability. He suggests there only needs to be a set of simple measures in order for there to be a meaningful conversation.

February 4, 2015

How is the farming of global beef coming together with the discussions around sustainability?

Sustainability is something agriculture is working to understand, measure, and take action on. This is being done from a variety of angles and groups. The 2014 Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), November 2 -5, 2014, São Paulo, Brazil, provides information on the types of sustainability efforts occurring in and around beef.

February 4, 2015

We can not separate ourselves from the land; We are the land, and the land is us.

Tre’ Cates, Chief Operating Officer/CFO, Savory Institute, points out how holistic management provides the management tools to understand nature and work with it. Mr. Cates says that the opportunity is to recognize that what is happening on farms is something that can increase the livelihoods of people, through holistic management of the world’s grasslands.

February 3, 2015

How does the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform work?

Brian Lindsay, Project Leader, Beef Working Group, explains what the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform is about and how it developed. The collaboration group was created in 2002 by the food industry to promote sustainable agriculture worldwide. Mr. Lindsay shares how the definition of sustainability was developed and what members do to help support the initiative. Mr. Lindsay concludes with an outline of the SAI timeline and goals.