The US Farmers & Ranchers Alliance in conjunction with the North Carolina Animal Ag Coalition are hosting a Food Dialogues next month in Raleigh. Charles Hall, CEO of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association is the point man for the NC organization and discusses the event:
“We got a nice grant from the USFRA to do a Food Dialogue event in NC. They started in major markets and the strategy now is to make them happen in smaller markets like Raleigh.
A Food Dialogue is a place where experts on all aspects of food production and consumption come together in a facilitated setting and talk about the things that are on the top of consumers minds. Like a mom who is very cognizant of what she is feeding her family and may have questions about where food comes from. That type of person is who will be following this. They have real questions about where the food comes from, what is in it and how its produced. The purpose of the Food Dialogues is to bring together different experts and address these issues head on.
The type of people to attend this event might be moms, food writers and critics, consumer advocates who have questions about food or that may work in some area where they are addressing these topics. Many are just consumers who just have questions and want to know the answers.
If you are a farmer marketing your product, you have to address these questions. We know there is a lot of information out there but we want to get these questions out there with the correct answers.”
The food dialogues event is September 19th at the Raleigh Convention Center. To sign up or learn more go to www.USFRA.com