Michele Payn

Michele Payn

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Farm, Food Science Worlds / Mom, chef, kick boxer, dairy girl. Speaking from the intersection of farm & food. Author of Food Truths from Farm to Table. Wine, fitness, chocolate.
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Its a noisy world. We do not all have to agree. The point is to have a civilized conversation. Are you equipped to do that?

Its a noisy world. We do not all have to agree. The point is to have a civilized conversation. Are you equipped to do that?

Its #FFA week and Elsie has been getting ready for her first contest. Shes the creation of two Discovery FFA members who will be demonstrating ruminant digestion complete with four stomach compartments rumen bugs and a magnet. Heres hoping they get it all done between basketball games.

Its #FFA week and Elsie has been getting ready for her first contest. Shes the creation of two Discovery FFA members who will be demonstrating ruminant digestion complete with four stomach compartments rumen bugs and a magnet. Heres hoping they get it all done between basketball games.

Do you ever walk into the grocery store and  just wonder - where does food come from and how does it get here? Hint: it does not originate in the store distributors or processors.

Do you ever walk into the grocery store and just wonder - where does food come from and how does it get here? Hint: it does not originate in the store distributors or processors.

Super proud of the team fire tonight they nearly beat a school system 3x their size. This girl will never be able to compete on weight but her muscles and shooting make up for it. 16 points tonight.

Super proud of the team fire tonight they nearly beat a school system 3x their size. This girl will never be able to compete on weight but her muscles and shooting make up for it. 16 points tonight.

Late lunch while I review taxes. Grateful for frozen vegetables so I can enjoy their nutrition in the winter. Did you know that veggies are frozen and canned at the point of optimum ripeness so they are really healthy?

Late lunch while I review taxes. Grateful for frozen vegetables so I can enjoy their nutrition in the winter. Did you know that veggies are frozen and canned at the point of optimum ripeness so they are really healthy?

As Yogi Berra once said When you come to a fork in the road take it! Food is not an either - or. Its both. Play nice with your silverware.

As Yogi Berra once said When you come to a fork in the road take it! Food is not an either - or. Its both. Play nice with your silverware.

Escaping reality...

Escaping reality...

Celebrate National Almond Day today with a handful of almonds. Theyre a great source of  minerals vitamins and protein - and tasty.

Celebrate National Almond Day today with a handful of almonds. Theyre a great source of minerals vitamins and protein - and tasty.

Fitness provides a leveling effect against travel sugar and stress. Spinning is a standing appointment on my calendar and I am thankful to be back at it this week.

Fitness provides a leveling effect against travel sugar and stress. Spinning is a standing appointment on my calendar and I am thankful to be back at it this week.

How well he knows both of us. Happy Hearts Day! Chocolate and more chocolate.

How well he knows both of us. Happy Hearts Day! Chocolate and more chocolate.

My research shows some organizations such as HSUS have had 100x growth on social media since 2009. Misinformation grows: all sides of the food plate have a responsibility to work together to provide open accurate information. That means farmers cant hide behind our technical jargon scientists have to get out of the lab and dietitians must find ways to explain what they do.

My research shows some organizations such as HSUS have had 100x growth on social media since 2009. Misinformation grows: all sides of the food plate have a responsibility to work together to provide open accurate information. That means farmers cant hide behind our technical jargon scientists have to get out of the lab and dietitians must find ways to explain what they do.

Throwback to five years ago when No More Food Fights! was about to be born. I never really believed people would be interested in my book but am so grateful for the thousands who have read it.  Your comments remind me why ALL of our words matter.  Its not perfect and there are things that I would change. But that is the essence of writing a book; you have to let go of the need for control and perfection. Just let the words flow to help others.  To answer the most common question: yes it…

Throwback to five years ago when No More Food Fights! was about to be born. I never really believed people would be interested in my book but am so grateful for the thousands who have read it. Your comments remind me why ALL of our words matter. Its not perfect and there are things that I would change. But that is the essence of writing a book; you have to let go of the need for control and perfection. Just let the words flow to help others. To answer the most common question: yes it…

You may farm organically and I do not. Thats O.K. You may choose to sell products at a farmers market from 10 acres while your neighbor farms 3000 acres. One is not right and the other wrong. The beauty of agriculture is in its diversity - and when we condemn others for making different choices around the food plate - we all lose.

You may farm organically and I do not. Thats O.K. You may choose to sell products at a farmers market from 10 acres while your neighbor farms 3000 acres. One is not right and the other wrong. The beauty of agriculture is in its diversity - and when we condemn others for making different choices around the food plate - we all lose.

Its one of my favorite days of the year...an afternoon working with this amazing trainer @marybikes who has become a wonderful friend. We have such fun challenging the people who grow your steaks wheat milk soybeans bacon corn and more with @iowafarmbureau Ag Leaders Institute.

Its one of my favorite days of the year...an afternoon working with this amazing trainer @marybikes who has become a wonderful friend. We have such fun challenging the people who grow your steaks wheat milk soybeans bacon corn and more with @iowafarmbureau Ag Leaders Institute.

Agriculture spends a lot of time focused on quality products backed by science and data. However the people factor matters most.  How are you communicating that with others? Right now is a great time to do a gut check on your human connections.

Agriculture spends a lot of time focused on quality products backed by science and data. However the people factor matters most. How are you communicating that with others? Right now is a great time to do a gut check on your human connections.

When not in a landlocked state eat seafood. One of my travel rules enjoyed in New York. Great audience with Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance - but glad to have made out in spite of snow ice and a really late night.

When not in a landlocked state eat seafood. One of my travel rules enjoyed in New York. Great audience with Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance - but glad to have made out in spite of snow ice and a really late night.