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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

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

FOOD BULLYING

How to Avoid Buying B.S.

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 new book, now available for pre-order, 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.

Food Bullying Michele Payn

 

Answers to the most common questions around food - without judgment.

Tools to battle bullying found in the 200,000+ label claims found in a grocery store.

Ideas for your own social, ethical, environmental, and health standards when making eating decisions.

Break the silence and change the stigma about mental health issues in farming & ranching

Understand why the people of agriculture need the same care as our land and animals

Discover resources to share with neighbors, employees, family members, or customers.

Resources

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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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