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Meet Michele Payn

Michele brings clarity and common sense to nutrition, science, and agriculture audiences. Her energy permeates a room. Her experience ignites ideas. Her audience engagement moves your meeting to a new level, whether it's virtual or in-person. When you are ready to work with one of North America's leading experts to grow people's knowledge around the plate, contact Michele. She will help you have the difficult conversations about advocacy, mental wellness, and science.

Ideas to have conversation about tough topics such as antibiotics, GMOs, hormones, et al.

Personalized to your needs, including perspective from consumers and coaching from Michele. 

Interactive discussion on building your own action plan to connect on an emotional level to connect farm & food.

Did you know that chronic stressors can shrink your brain and impact your family's future generations?

The people of agriculture need the same care as our land and animals, but ignore the signs.

Stress management is best done strategically & proactively with farmers, veterinarians, & agribusinesses.

Michele hit a home run with her “Take Food Bullying by the Horns.” presentation. She thoroughly engaged the audience with a thought provoking discussion that helped make the connection between science and human emotions when it comes tackling some of the thorny issues facing agriculture. She provided a number of tips for engaging the public on controversial misconceptions about food and agriculture. If you are looking for dynamic, thought-provoking speaker, you need look no further..”

— Gene McAvoy, 2020 President, National Association of County Agricultural Agents

Michele's keynote rocked the room! There was laughter, quiet moments, audience participation and interaction - including real-time text responses to her questions. We had 500 young farmers leave feeling inspired to advocate for their livelihood, better equipped to do the job, and feeling pretty darn good to be an important part of agriculture! She's even more interactive with smaller groups, and has helped me design projects such as interviewing consumers about food production and understanding activists' tactics. Leaders are amazed at the difference between where they started -"educate consumers" - to creating action plans that make true connections from Michele's training."

- Mary Foley Balvanz, Iowa Farm Bureau

2020 IPPY Gold


Food, once cherished for nourishment, has become a chaotic playground filled with Bull Speak (B.S.) claims to bully and demonize people around their eating choices. The need to position one food as superior to another lies at the heart of food bullying. Fat-free marshmallows. Gluten-free water. Grass-fed peaches. Hormone-free salt. Vegan water. No-salt added, boneless bananas. This newly released book looks at our hunger for a feel-good story about our food and

  • Upends food beliefs with insights from an international award winning author in health, medicine and nutrition.
  • Identifies neuromarketing tactics used to generate $5.75 trillion in food sales.
  • Offers an easy-to-understand description of food label terms and what terms you don't need to worry about.

Thank you for touching our hearts, opening our minds and literally letting us kick up our heels."

- Wisconsin Association of Fairs

She hit the nail on the head...we love to kill people with facts and science...but we have to go for the heart, as well as the mind. Michele hit on that and challenged folks while really engaging them in conversation.

- Curt Hudnutt, Rabo AgriFinance Executive Vice President



Tips to engage in a smarter conversation. Tools to address mental health issues in agriculture. Ideas from ag, farm & ranch bloggers across the world.

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Information on tough issues like antibiotics, food safey, animal welfare, and GMOs. Perspective from dietitians, farmers, and scientists. Connections.

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Communication skills. Ideas to rebuild trust in science through human connections. Tools to identify and discern solid science.

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