Ag Promotion Conference Speakers
Cause Matters Corp.
Michele Payn, CSP, connects the people and science of food and farming as principal of Cause Matters Corp. She is known for being a community catalyst, a passionate advocate for global agriculture – and touching hearts to move minds. Michele has worked with farmers in more than 25 countries, raised over $5 million in sponsorships for agriculture education and founded AgChat and FoodChat on Twitter. She is the author of three books: Food Bullying, an IPPY gold medal winner; Food Truths from Farm to Table, an IPPY bronze medal winner; and No More Food Fights!. She also hosts the Food Bullying podcast. Michele’s degrees are in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science from Michigan State University. She has earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation, awarded to less than 10% of professional speakers globally. She resides with her ‘city slicker’ husband and cow-loving daughter on a small farm in central Indiana. She enjoys Registered Holsteins, the MSU Spartans, and making memories with friends around the table. Michele connects farms and food, brains and behavior, at www.causematters.com and socially through @mpaynspeaker.
Johnna Miller has been with the American Farm Bureau Federation for more than 20 years and currently serves as Senior Director of Media and Advocacy Training in the Leadership, Education & Engagement Department. As a member of AFBF’s training team, Johnna fills a unique training role that stems from her previous life as a general assignment reporter for television stations in Charleston, WV and Greenville, NC. She now uses her media background to design and offer media, advocacy and social media workshops to states and outside organizations. She is also the coordinator of AFBF’s Partners in Advocacy Leadership program and co-coordinator of the Grassroots Outreach Team.
She spent 12 years in AFBF’s Communications Department, where she produced podcasts, radio and video stories on top of her media training duties. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, she worked for the Virginia Farm Bureau. Johnna is a Colorado native and graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcasting and film. (And she’s a big Denver Bronco fan.)
Andrea Brown has been active in the agricultural community since her FFA career in high school. She enjoyed raising and showing goats and sheep, as well as horses. Currently, she is an active leader in her county Farm Bureau, where she sits on the Young Ag Professionals and Legislative Committees. She also serves as the County Secretary. Andrea and her husband, Ryan, raise and breed beef cattle, specializing in club calves. They farm more than 400 acres consisting of wheat, soybeans, corn and hay in Cumberland County.
Andrea graduated from Wilson College in 2013 with an Equine Science degree and works off the farm for a local equine veterinarian office.