The Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma beef councils hosted Nutrition Adventure 2017, “Food Refresh,” for 30 registered dietitians from 10 states this week. Dietary professionals from Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, California, Florida, Tennessee, New York, Arizona and Washington attended the May 23-25 event in and around the Kansas City area. Those in attendance are very active on social media, with many being food and health bloggers.
     Attendees at the checkoff-funded event learned about beef nutrition, including lean cuts of beef, optimal protein levels in the diet and emerging human nutrition research. Registered dietitian Holley Grainger provided the group with practical solutions to help families prepare for mealtime. In addition, there was a discussion on the signals of appetite and how this affects nutrition. The group also took part in a hands-on session covering food photography, live videos and promotion to showcase recipes on their blogs.
     A high point for many participants was a tour of Tailgate Ranch near Tonganoxie. There, the group mingled with area beef producers and heard firsthand from a panel made up of Kirk Sours, a cow-calf producer and manager of Tailgate Ranch; Dan Thomson, a veterinarian from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine; Jack Klosterman, a feedyard operator with Grass Valley Feeders in David City, NE; and Angie Siemens, vice president of food safety, quality and regulatory with Cargill Meat Solutions in Wichita. The dietitians spent several hours asking the panelists questions. Topics varied from factually defining conventional, organic, natural and grass-finished beef to growth hormones.



KLA Vice President of Communications Todd Domer has details of the most recent tour taken by this year’s Young Stockmen’s Academy class.