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Meet Michele Payn

Connecting people, stories and science around farm and food

Michele challenges people to meet at the intersection of farm and food, head and heart. She brings clarity and common sense to nutrition, health and agriculture. Her energy permeates a room. Her experience ignites ideas. Her audience engagement moves your meeting to a new level.  When you are ready to work with one of North America's leading experts in bringing people together around the plate, contact Michele; she is sure to provoke thought and move people into action. 

I have been attending conferences and seminars in the food processing industry for nearly 30 years. Michele’s recent talk at the Apple Processors Association (APA) is in the top two or three presentations I have heard. She was challenging, thought provoking and up-to-date on the issues relevant to our business. During the networking functions, our attendees even talked about getting Michele back to cover additional subjects that the schedule didn’t allow. It was the first time I have heard our membership say that about a speaker. A word of caution: if you just want to hear a pep talk, don’t ask her to speak. She tells it like it is and isn’t hesitant to let you know what you need to do to move forward, even if it challenges status quo."

- Tim Proctor, White House Foods & APA Chairman

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

Michele's enthusiasm teamed with her knowledge and fair experience proved to be a winning combination for the Cyber Seminar Series. We look forward to working on future projects."

- Lori Hart, Director of Education and Member Services, International Association of Fairs and Expositions

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


25 Surprising Ways to Shop & Eat Without Guilt

Don’t believe everything you’re being told about food - most of it is highly misleading or completely untrue. This IPPY bronze award winner identifies marketing half-truths and guides you through the aisles of the grocery store to simplify food shopping and restore your freedom to enjoy food.

  • Turns food confusion into clarity on how to buy, prepare and serve safe and nourishing food.
  • Offers an informed voice of reason in the overly sensationalized food and health arena.
  • Arms food buyers to make decisions based on their own social, ethical, environmental and health standards.
  • Provides eye-opening insights why parents should not feel guilty if they can’t afford the “right” label or food.
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Are you tired of?

Wondering how to communicate effectively with foodies, farmers, dietitians and ranchers?

Having no answer for sensationalism in the food discussion?

Wasting time on marketing misinformation creating confusion about food?

Trying to find your voice in the conversation with moms, healthcare professionals, chefs, dietitians?

Hiring speakers who don’t engage an audience with today’s tools or deliver take-home value?

Do you value?

Learning proven tools to bridge agriculture, health and nutrition interests?

Growing the conversation around the food plate through meaningful connections?

Translating farm to food as a best business practice?

Bringing in a leading voice known for catalyzing a community?

Protecting choice on the farm and choice on the plate?

Energizing your people with an innovative speaker who delivers material they'll be using months after your meeting?

Michele is known for moving hearts and minds with her unique ability to engage a variety of influencers in conversation around the plate.

Resources & Facts to Satisfy Your Hunger


If your voice isn't in the conversation, who is representing the agricultural perspective? An international award winning author, Michele helps you create meaningful connections with people around the food plate through a variety of tools shared by the farming & ranching community.

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Sustainability, antibiotics, animal welfare, food safety and GMO labels are just a few of the issues creating confusion in the grocery store. Michele brings clarity to food, health and nutrition, offering common sense that flies in the face of sensationalism and diet fads.

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Does science still matter? How can it bridge the rural urban divide? Are scientists influenced by funding? Michele gives you effective communication tools to help keep science relevant. Rebuild trust in science through human connections before you dump data.

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