Sponsored by U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, the event drew farmers, ranchers, academics, chefs, large restaurant operators, journalists, and executives from the entertainment industry.
Lee County Farm Bureau member Katie Pratt of Dixon represented farmers for a discussion of food, science, and technology. Pratt won the 2011 Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders Discussion meet and was one of four finalists in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer Discussion meet.
Four panel discussions occurred over two days. In addition to the one in which Pratt participated, the other discussion topics were: pop culture and food production, Hollywood’s urban farm, and understanding how food is grown and raised.
For more information about the food dialogues, go online to www.fooddialogues.com
. Kay will have more on this event in next week's FarmWeek.