GMOs: Now We’re Talking will feature a presentation from University of Florida professor Dr. Kevin Folta who will provide an overview of the science behind GMOs. Folta is the chairman of the Horticultural Sciences department at the University of Florida. His strawberry research identifies genes related to flavor and disease resistance. He has been recognized as an expert in guiding the communications efforts in agricultural technologies, and recently has been recognized with the prestigious Borlaug CAST Communication Award.
Presentation by Dr. Kevin Folta, University of Florida
|7 p.m.||Panel discussion with Dr. Folta, farmer Lexy Goyer and dairy farmer/dietitian Heidi Wells|
Dr. Kevin M. Folta is a Professor and the Chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida. His strawberry research uses novel genomics approaches to identify genes related to flavor and disease resistance. His research also examines how parts of the light spectrum affect strawberry shelf life and flavor. He has been recognized as an expert in guiding the communications efforts in agricultural technologies, and recently has been recognized with the prestigious CAST Borlaug Award in Agricultural Communications. BS/MS Northern Illinois University 1989/1992, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago, 1998.
Heidi Wells, RD, CSSD, LD is a Registered Dietitian for Healthy Green Nutrition, LLC with more than 14 years of experience in nutrition and exercise science, sports, clinical, disordered eating and community nutrition sectors. Currently, Heidi counsels athletes and the public on the importance of nutrition and exercise in a healthy lifestyle. She also serves as a teaching associate for the University of Kansas Medical Center – providing sports nutrition education sessions to the KUMC Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. Heidi also works for KSDE Child Nutrition and Wellness team as a school foodservice consultant. Outside of her daytime duties as a registered dietitian, Heidi is a dairy farmer’s wife who is passionate about agriculture and is a mother of five.
Lexy Goyer resides near Winfield. She is the 5th generation on the family farm that was homesteaded along the Walnut River in 1869. The farm has transitioned through the generations and is currently owned and operated by her dad. On the farm, they conventionally raise grain crops including wheat, milo, soybeans and corn. Her husband, Jason, works on the farm and helps with the daily operations. Jason and Lexy also own and operate an excavation business. Lexy stays busy working as a stay at home mom to their two children. During the school year, she works as a substitute teacher and volunteers at the kids' school.
Alyson Acklin is an anchor, reporter, and producer at KAKE News in Wichita. There, she is the co-host of Good Morning KAKEland and anchor of KAKE News at 4. She was born and raised in Oklahoma City and graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Tickets are only $10 and include hors d'oeuvres and drinks.
Kansas registered dietitians may receive 1.5 CEUs.
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