Professor, farmer to speak at breakfast

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TOLEDO — The way in which farmers and consumers communicate more efficiently on subjects such as GMOs, organics, and farm-to-fork will be the featured topic at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum, March 16, from 8-9:30 a.m.

Emily Buck, Ph.D., associate professor, Ohio State University, and third-generation farmer, will talk about the daunting task of explaining what farmers do, and why they do it.

After years of research and working with a variety of consumers, Buck has a unique perspective about how farmers and consumers can engage in meaningful conversations to help avoid misconceptions about the food and agriculture industries, which can in turn help strengthen future generations and ensure the growth of these industries remains positive.

Buck has received awards for her numerous journal articles, leads workshops on developing online brands and marketing, and is active in several commodity groups including the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, and American Ag Editors Association.

She also serves as one of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s Faces of Farming & Ranching.

The details

The event is hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation (AIF).

Breakfast and informal networking will start at 8 a.m., with the program to follow.

The cost is $10 per person when you RSVP in advance, or $12 per person at the door (cash or check), which includes breakfast and networking opportunities.

The Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum is an educational networking opportunity to provide information on current issues, trends and programs available to the agricultural community and those who support its advancement. The event is located at 13737 Middleton Pike (St. Rt. 582) in Bowling Green.

Walk-ins are welcome, but guests are encouraged to reserve a seat in advance by visiting ciftinnovation.org.

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