The AgriNutrition Edge Report
The AgriNutrition Edge Report is designed to bring you practical and personal insights about current topics, regulations and studies about food across the value chain…from production to preparation along with consumer insights from you and me! As a 6th generation farm owner, dairy farmer’s daughter and registered dietitian, my intention is to bring perspectives from the ground up while also showcasing those that provide the food on our tables: our farmers and ranchers. Enjoy!
Marianne in the News
From January 29-30, I will be attending the Farm Journal Foundation’s TRUST IN FOOD Conference in Chicago. The annual event brings 150 leaders from across the agri-food value chain to “share success stories, identify opportunities, and walk away with actionable information to continue helping farmers scale conservation agriculture and restore consumer trust in the food system.” The event is also co-located with the 2020 Top Producer Summit, which hosts more than 700 of the largest farmers in the nation. Check out upcoming blogs for insights from the conference.
June is Dairy Month and on June 4th, I’ll have the opportunity to return to my “roots” for an educational event at White Rock Farms, Peachland, North Carolina. Sponsored by The Dairy Alliance, I’ll be providing insights on sustainability and farming in today’s environment for nutrition professionals and educators. Stay tuned for insights on the 21st century dairy farmer in my next newsletter.
As a member of the Kentucky Hunger Initiative, I recently attended the inaugural Rural Child Hunger Summit hosted by Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry Campaign” in my own “back yard” in Louisville, Kentucky. Rural hunger is not a new issue to those working in schools and community organizations across the country but the sense of urgency is clear. The reality is 85 percent of counties with high child food insecurity are considered rural.
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has named Marianne Smith Edge to its Board of Directors. According to Mark Carter, foundation chairman, Smith Edge was selected for her “expertise in nutrition and food systems, her business leadership experience, and her communications savvy.” The foundation exists to address unmet health needs by developing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Read the press release here
FLM Harvest has named Marianne Smith Edge to its Board of Advisors. With offices across the country, FLM Harvest offers a range of communication services in the nutrition space with a focus on agriculture, food and rural lifesyles. A prestigious group of 13 advisors provide counsel, insights and strategic guidance to agency team members and clients. Read the press release
Marianne Smith Edge authors a student health column in the Messenger-Inquirer on the topic of understanding where our food comes from. Read the article here
Marianne Smith Edge authors a student health column in the Messenger-Inquirer on the topic of how to ready food labels to make more informed and healthier decisions about what we eat. Read the article here