"It's more focused," Gion said.
The Northern Pulse Growers Association was one of a number of groups that sponsored the conference and set up booths, including the North Dakota Soybean Council and Northarvest Beans. The conference was also sponsored by the North Dakota Wheat Commission and the North Dakota Beef Commission.
Eric Ducker, president of the North Dakota Council for Nutrition, said that the annual conference brings together nutrition officers from different areas. About 60% to 70% of members are dietitians, while others are from educational settings and Ducker said Extension.
The mission of the group, which she explained, is to provide accurate nutrition information.
"We always hope that they learn something new," Ducker said.
The April 4 event was the 40th annual group conference, themed to promote local foods and local growers.
In the case of Linda Funk, executive director of Soyfoods Council, the conference was a good opportunity to showcase one of the top North Dakota.
"You all live in North Dakota. There are soybean parks around you. You should start by saying, how can I start a little soy in my diet every day," she said.
The importance of speaking to nutrition professionals was highlighted with early morning talk given by Brett Carver from Oklahoma State University. The debate looked at how wheat varieties changed over time, on things like gluten and other wheat components and whether wheat caused health problems.
"Not a wheat monster. Our friend is it. Our friend is a long time," Carver said.
For the Northern Pulse Growers Association, attending an event like the North Dakota Nutrition Council conference is not the only strategy. Likewise, put buoys up by grocery stores in the region "bang for your obstacle," Gion said.
He explained how he will go to a shop, with the approval of a shop manager, and set up a booth showing various pulse products purchased in the shop. Then he can talk to shoppers about the products and their potential uses and health benefits.
"It's good to always go when people are buying the products," he said.
Once, Gion visited a grocery store in Sidney, Mont., And even wanted to fill the bottom of the chart with products containing bars after search hours. The next time he visited, the manager showed him excitedly the 30 new pulse products they started stocking.
At the North Dakota Nutrition Council conference, Gion said that connecting people in the nutrition industry would be a bit of a multiplier effect on how many people could hear about pulse crops incorporated into their diet, because Every professional at the conference works with many others on ways to use the products.
For example, there were many ideas presented at their booth, as well as a booth at the North Dakota Pony Cow Council and Soyfoods Council, incorporating new products into a meat and potato diet. Gion had recipes for things like slender lintil, and Funk was offering samples of chocolate pudding made with tofu and chili made from half protein juices and semi-soy proteins at Soyfoods Council booth.
Funk said that examples are those options and others she spoke to people who attended them "very easy, versatile, playful ways to start with soy in all day diets."
Offering such options "it takes into consideration" dietary changes to make, not to expect previous things they like, Gion said.