Ag industry stakeholders interested in discussion about farm size and its impact on modern food production can either attend in person or live-stream the latest installment of the Food Dialogues, scheduled for October 24 in Boston, Mass.
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, sponsor of the event, announced this week that food author and Bloomberg News reporter Alan Bjerga will moderate the discussion, "Farm Size: Does It Really Matter?"
Farmers, ranchers, and food pundits, including Michael Jacobson, the founder of Food Day and executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest will address the differences and similarities between large and small farms, farm ownership and sustainability practices and the effect these issues have on consumer perceptions.
"This is one of our strongest panels yet and it's fitting since they'll be examining one of the hottest topics in the agricultural community: farm size," said Bob Stallman, chairman of USFRA.
Stallman, also President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, said the purpose of the Food Dialogues events is to join in balanced discussions on provocative topics, like farm size, and create a conversation that examines the subject from all angles.
The event, which coincides with Food Day, was specifically scheduled to reach broader audience in Boston and online, Stallman said.
The discussion will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT at the State Room in Boston. Panelists discussing the topic include:
• Leah Beyer, Farmer, Shelby County, Ind.
• Jamie Cruz, Owner/Grower, Springdell Farm, Littleton, Mass.
• Michael Jacobson, Founder, Food Day and Executive Director, CSPI
• Bill Luckey, Farmer, Columbus, Neb.
• Lori Renzi, Vice President, Brand Strategy and Development, Charlie Baggs Culinary Innovations
• Bruce Rominger, Farmer, Rominger Brothers Farm, Winters, Calif.
• Michael Swanson, Ag Economist, Wells Fargo Bank
Visit www.fooddialogues.com for more information on the event or for details on how to register.