The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has built on its work to connect to consumers with the Food Dialogues. The next round will bring animal care issues to center stage as the Food Dialogues travel to Boca Raton, Fla. to be part of the International Dairy Foods Association Dairy Forum.
The event is slated at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 28. In a press statement, Nancy Kavazanjian, chairperson of USFRA, notes: "Animal care and welfare is not only an important factor in consumers' purchasing decisions, but it's also of the upmost importance to America's farmers and ranchers, food processors and retailers/"
Elisabeth Leamy, a 13-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, author and Dr. Oz consumer and investigative correspondent will return to moderate the panel. Leamy also moderated The Food Dialogues: Chicago; Integrity in Food Marketing in June.
Food industry and animal care experts will explore the tools and strategies farmers, ranchers and veterinarians use to promote animal health and a safe food supply. These animal care techniques and practices - from housing to use of antibiotics - are increasingly important to food manufacturers and consumers as they make sourcing and purchasing decisions.
The Jan. 28 panel will include the following members:
Chuck Ahlem, dairy farmer, Hilmar Jerseys, Hilmar, California
Dr. Marcia Endres, D.V.M., Ph.D., professor of dairy science, University of Minnesota
Bruce Feinberg, global animal health and welfare officer, McDonald's
Dr. Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D., president and CEO, American Humane Association
Jim Mulhern, president and CEO, National Milk Producers Federation
Mike Reidy, senior vice president, corporate affairs, Leprino Foods Company