#FarmInsight: IFIC Foundation Farm Tour for Registered Dietitians


IFIC Foundation Farm Tour for Registered Dietitians

Friday, Oct 2, 2015
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Meeting Location:
Bongo Java in Omni Hotel
250 5th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

Scavenger Hunt Challenges
1. Take a selfie with a cow (bonus for >2 RDs!)
2. Take a picture of an agriculture expert w/ the cows' lunch
3. Tweet something you learned about animal health
4. Take a picture with an IFIC staffer & an agricultural technology
5. Twofer: Take a picture of something you had for lunch & that same food while it’s in production
6. Tweet something that surprised you today
7. Take a picture of your favorite fruit
8. Tweet a recipe that includes something you saw in production today
9. Take a picture with as many RDs as you can get (extra credit for whoever gets the most!)
10. Take a picture with something that says ‘FoodInsight’

Our partners:

  • Tennessee Farm Bureau - http://www.tnfarmbureau.org/
  • GMO Answers - https://gmoanswers.com/ 
    • Follow on Twitter @GMOanswers 
  • Tap Root Farms - http://taprootfarm.com/
    • Tap Root Farm is a four generation All-Natural Beef Cattle & Event Center Farm located in Franklin, TN. Our 350 acres of lush manicured grass is the luxury home to our Angus Beef Herd and American Quarter Horses. 
  • UT Middle Tennessee Research and Education Center – http://middle.tennessee.edu/
    • Established in 1917, the Middle Tennessee Research & Education Center includes 1,263 acres. The center is the site of research studies in beef and dairy cattle, commercial crops, fruit trees and forage crops. The center conducts research to evaluate varieties of commercial crops, management systems and weed control systems to improve crop production efficiency. Work is also underway on the production and management of fruit and vegetable crops, including peaches, apples, grapes, and blueberries.

Animal Antibiotics Resources:

Biotechnology Resources:


About Our Speakers: 

Ryan King was raised on a beef cattle farm in Wilson County. He earned his FFA State and American Degrees, has a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education/Plant and Soil Science from Middle Tennessee State and a master’s degree in Agricultural Leadership from Tennessee-Knoxville. He worked for TN Farm Bureau since 2008 as Regional Field Director until he moved to the main office in 2012 to work in the Public Policy Division as Associate Director. Ryan and his wife Amy live in Spring Hill.

Mark Turner is the Associate Director of Membership for the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation.  He is a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Martin with a B.S. in Accounting.  Mark handles all the meeting planning and manages the County Accounting department that process all the county farm bureau’s financial statements and tax returns.

Melissa Bryant is the Field Service Director for the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation.  She represents Farm Bureau in thirteen communities in the Middle Tennessee area.  Melissa graduated from University of Tennessee with a BS in Agriculture Business.  She was raised on a dairy farm and currently lives on a beef cattle and row crop farm with her family in Adams, Tennessee.  Melissa enjoys her daily contact with farmers and consumers who are interested in agriculture.

In her free time, Melissa enjoys activities with her husband and two daughters.  She is actively involved in her community with their church and many school and sports organizations. 

Don Atkins is the Manager for Food and Agriculture at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), where he supports the advocacy team as well as outreach activities with the GMO Answers program.  Don’s introduction to agriculture came through work at H.J. Baker & Bro., Inc., an agricultural feed, fertilizer and sulphur firm with operations across the United States and Canada.  While there, Don focused on operations management and logistics for a sulphur processing facility shipping product out of the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.  Don earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University before studying music and teaching English on a Fulbright Fellowship in Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Frankie Locklar, DVM

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