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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.
We are so glad we booked Michele to present "Resiliency in Agriculture" for our 48th annual Country Elevator Conference. She addressed a tough topic with empathy, humor and truth. Many of our members confided that they were apprehensive about attending a mental health session, but thanked us for including it in the program because they found it enlightening and rewarding. Others said they were grateful to have attention brought to an issue that's immeasurably impacted their lives. Some said Michele's session brought them much-needed awareness of how mental health challenges are impacting rural America. At the end of a tough year for agriculture, Michele's reminder that valuing each other as humans before anything else was invaluable and grounding. The session exceeded our expectations."
- Sararh Gonzalez, National Grain and Feed Association
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