Agriculture and Sustainability

FNCE 2018

160. Farming with RDNs: What Nutrition Professionals Need to Know About Agriculture

Monday, October 22
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

An essential part of our food system is agriculture and food production. As experts, dietitians are frequently asked about food production as it relates to health, nutrition and safety. With a Q-and-A format, this interactive discussion with RDN farmers will allow attendees to engage in a peer-to-peer discussion of the most complex issues in agriculture as well as cover the most common questions from consumers. Nothing will be held back for the nutrition professional who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges farmers face on a daily basis, including water use, soil quality, yields, planting, harvesting, crop rotation, tilling, genetically modified seed selection, pesticide use, animal care and even the use of medication in food animals. Attendees will leave the session with the tools to help their clients and patients make informed decisions about complex and often confusing agriculture issues and the relationship between agriculture and health, nutrition and safety.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 2040 - Food science, genetically modified food
  • 4070 - Food security, hunger
  • 8070 - Food production, purchasing

Hilary Thesmar, PhD, RD

In her role as the Chief Food & Product Safety Officer & senior vice president of food safety programs for the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Dr. Thesmar provides leadership for all safety programs for FMI’s retail and wholesale members and provides support for members on food safety training programs, FSMA training, recall plans and management, crisis management, research, and overall safety programs. Dr. Thesmar has a Ph.D. in Food Technology from Clemson University, a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University, a bachelor’s degree in Food Science from Clemson, and she is a Registered Dietitian. Dr. Thesmar is an active member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the International Association for Food Protection and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Thesmar is the past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Food Safety Education.

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Hilary Thesmar, PhD, RD

In her role as the Chief Food & Product Safety Officer & senior vice president of food safety programs for the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Dr. Thesmar provides leadership for all safety programs for FMI’s retail and wholesale members and provides support for members on food safety training programs, FSMA training, recall plans and management, crisis management, research, and overall safety programs. Dr. Thesmar has a Ph.D. in Food Technology from Clemson University, a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University, a bachelor’s degree in Food Science from Clemson, and she is a Registered Dietitian. Dr. Thesmar is an active member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the International Association for Food Protection and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Thesmar is the past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Food Safety Education.

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Abigail Copenhaver, RDN, CDN

Abbey is a Registered Dietitian and has a 750-cow dairy farm in Stanley, New York, started in 2013 with her husband and 2 other couples (Ivy Lakes Dairy), farming 1500 acres. In 2014 Abbey started Farmstead Nutrition & Consulting, focusing on agricultural production, food technology, nutrition and fitness related services.

Her academic background includes a B.S. from Cornell University in Animal Science; B.S. from Buffalo State College in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, and Master’s in Agriculture: Food Science and Management from Washington State University.

Maintaining an active presence in her community and profession Abbey holds committee positions and memberships with Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Hungry and Environmental Nutrition Group, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Farmer and RD Expert Committee, Genesee Dietetic Association, Northeast Dairy Association, and Dairy Sustainability Alliance.

Abbey is a Team Chocolate Milk member, competing in running and triathlon races, including 70.3 and 140.6 Ironman distances. As a Registered Dietitian she practices with a farming, food and fitness approach. This approach encompasses the connection between agricultural food production, nutrition and physical activity to promote a healthy and happy lifestyle.

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Jennie Schmidt, MS, RD

Jennie lives on a family farm with her husband and two children. Schmidt Farms is a 3rd generation, large and diverse family farm, including grains, vegetables, and wine grapes on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her farm’s mission is to practice “synergistic farming”, using the best of all farming methods to create healthy soils to sustain healthy food production. Jennie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition and International Agriculture from the University of Massachusetts and completed her Master of Science degree at the University of Delaware in Human Nutrition with a focus on Food and Agricultural Biotechnology. She is an alumni of the International 4H Youth Development Project, having spent 2 years in Botswana working in the Ministry of Agriculture’s 4B program.

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