Dietitians to ask “Does the Conversation Reflect the Cart?” at 2019 Summit

Farmer photo contest deadline extended through February 17

February 12, 2019 – The Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2019 Stakeholders Summit themed, A Seat At The Table, will be held May 8-9 at the InterContinental at the Plaza Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. Discounted registration rates are available through April 1. To view the agenda and register, visit

In the fast-paced world of social media, growers, farmers, producers and brands often hear from activists and vocal consumers about products and ingredients causing them to change how food is grown or processed. But are these perceived demands always reflected in actual purchases? Experienced retail dietitians Kim Kirchherr and Leah McGrath will examine the conversation around food and compare it to what actually ends up in the shopper’s cart and how stakeholders can get a better handle on this situation.

Kirchherr, RDN is an award-winning registered dietitian and a certified personal trainer. She has experience in agriculture, supermarket, media (traditional and social), hospital-based health and fitness centers, as well as outpatient medical nutrition therapy programs. She served as the Chair of the Food & Culinary Professionals Dietetic Practice Group (FCP) for 2017-2018 and has been chair of both the FCP Agriculture and Supermarket Subgroups. Kim is a past president of Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

McGrath, RD has been a registered dietitian since 1996. During her career she has worked as a dietitian in the Army, public health and as a supermarket dietitian. In 2010 she began visiting farms of all sizes to learn more about farming to be better equipped to answer customer questions about food and agriculture. To date she has visited more than 60 different farms. In 2014 she formed the social media movement known as “Buildup Dietitians” to act as a resource for nutrition professionals and to connect dietitians, nutrition students and dietetic technicians with science-based information and resources about food, farming and agriculture.

A Seat At The Table Farmer Photo Contest

The Alliance has extended the deadline of its photo contest offering farmers the opportunity to win a free registration to the event and take their seat at the table. To enter, take a photo of a seat at your table, post it on Instagram or Facebook with a clever caption, tag the photo to @animalagalliance and use the hashtag #AAA19. Farmers can submit their photos through Sunday, February 17 and the Alliance team will select the top photos to be eligible for public voting. The five farmers whose photos receive the most votes will be announced as the winners on Friday, February 22. For full contest details, visit

Be sure to check the Summit website for the most up-to-date Summit information. You can also follow the hashtags #AAA19 for periodic updates about the event. For general questions about the Summit please contact or call (703) 562-5160.

Get involved:

Show your support for the Alliance’s outreach efforts by becoming an official Summit sponsor today! For 2019 sponsorship opportunities, please visit For more information, contact Allyson Jones-Brimmer at

Thank you to our 2019 Summit sponsors: Watt Global Media, Farm Journal Media, Meatingplace, National Provisioner, American Feed Industry Association, National Pork Producers Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Board, Smithfield, United Soybean Board, National Turkey Federation, Dairy MAX, Farm Credit, Country Folks, National Biodiesel Board, Summit Livestock Facilities, United Egg Producers, Cobb-Vantress, Inc., Council for Biotechnology Information, Protect the Harvest, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Veal Association, BPI Technology, Inc., Kemin, National Chicken Council, Live Oak Bank, North Carolina Farm Bureau, Vivayic, Eggland’s Best, Braake Consulting, Inc., Food Industry Environmental Network, Kansas Farm Bureau and Kansas Soybean.

The Alliance also thanks the following members for their continued support of Summit and other Alliance programs: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, Merck Animal Health, Charleston|Orwig, Diamond V, Zoetis, Alltech, Inc., Aviagen Group, Bayer Animal Health, Dairy Farmers of America, Genus PLC – PIC/ABS, Hendrix Genetics, Hy-Line North America LLC, Iowa Soybean Association, Midwest Dairy, Nutrien, Provimi North America, Inc. and Seaboard Foods LLC.

About the Alliance:

The Animal Agriculture Alliance is an industry-united, nonprofit organization that helps bridge the communication gap between farm and fork. We connect key food industry stakeholders to arm them with responses to emerging issues. We engage food chain influencers and promote consumer choice by helping them better understand modern animal agriculture. We protect by exposing those who threaten our nation’s food security with damaging misinformation. Find the Alliance on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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