Breakfast on the Farm educational farm tours were introduced in Michigan in 2009 to improve consumer knowledge about, impressions of, and trust in modern food production. Over 89,000 participants have attended events on 40 commercial dairy, beef, crop, and fruit farms. This article addresses organization and funding of the events and some of their general impacts. Volunteers staff stations on topics such as animal care, food safety, nutrition, and water quality. Surveys indicate that attendees' impressions of and trust in farmers and food production improve and that product purchases increase. Events patterned after Michigan's model have occurred in several states and may be implemented elsewhere for similar purposes.
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Ferris, T. A., Smith, J. M., Dunckel, M. A., Cullens, F., & Kuschel, A. (2020). Designing Educational Farm Tours to Improve Consumer Trust in Modern Agriculture. The Journal of Extension, 58(1), Article 11. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.58.01.11