Recorded Webinar: Talk Dairy to Me: Facts, Fiction, and FAQs

From farming to processing and health to sustainability, both consumers and healthcare professionals have questions about dairy foods. With widespread information available online and in the media, it can feel overwhelming to discern fact from fiction. In this webinar, dairy experts address common questions and misconceptions that can help health and wellness professionals feel confident in evidence-based guidance when it comes to dairy’s role in health and sustainability.

Learning Objectives

After completing this educational activity, nutrition professionals will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of dairy foods in supporting healthy dietary patterns and sustainable food systems.
  2. Identify farming and processing practices that ensure animal wellbeing and food safety.
  3. Answer common questions and address misconceptions about dairy food and farming.
  4. Communicate evidence-based, practical, and cost-effective nutrition guidance.

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4.1.3, 11.2.11, 12.4.2
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Abbey Copenhaver, MS, RDN, CDN, is a registered dietitian, dairy farmer and “ag” foodie. Priding herself with a dairy farm upbringing in a large family, Abbey now farms with her husband and three other families on two dairy farms in the Finger Lakes region of New York. She is the owner of Farmstead Nutrition & Consulting, focusing on agricultural food production, family nutrition and teaches at Finger Lakes Community College’s as a part of their two-year Nutritional Science program.

Abbey’s culinary interest started at a young age, cooking for her large family with a fascination on the farm to table experience when producing milk and using it in recipes. Incorporating her love for cooking while serving families as a registered dietitian, Abbey has developed a unique talent for creating easy, delicious and nutritious recipes that are adaptable to all ages. Her love and hands-on experience in all things dairy, paired with dairy’s versatility, nutritional profile and affordability has led to many dairy featured recipes. On Abbey’s social platforms she has been christened the “Dairy Farmer RD.” She has collaborated with numerous organizations on nutritional blogs, presentations and events that focus on food production and nutrition through food for healthy living. Abbey practices with a farming, food and fitness approach. As a registered dietitian and foodie, she believes food should fuel your body and taste buds. 

Abbey earned a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in human nutrition and dietetics from Buffalo State College. She went on to receive a master’s degree in agriculture food science and management from Washington State University. As a dairy farmer, registered dietitian, and mom, she's proud to be a part of milk’s cow-to-consumer story and dairy’s nutritional impact on health for all stages of life.

Abbey Copenhaver, MS, RDN, CDN, has the following relevant relationships to report: she is an ambassador to the National Dairy Council.

Megan Maisano, MS, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and the Director of Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs at National Dairy Council. She holds a BS in Psychology from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an MS in Nutrition Interventions, Communication and Behavior Change from the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University and completed her dietetic internship at the Cleveland Clinic. 

At National Dairy Council, Megan provides regulatory and scientific guidance to support dairy-related communications, strategic outreach and education. Her professional interests include science translation and health behavior change, and she enjoys busting food and nutrition myths for fun. As a health educator, she believes wellness is deeply personal and should help us feel nourished and empowered, never restricted or discouraged. 

Megan Maisano, MS, RDN, has the following relevant relationships to report: she is an employee of the National Dairy Council.

Dr. Stephanie Masiello Schuette is a multi-disciplined scientist with a background in disease surveillance, dairy science, food science, epidemiology, and communication methodology. She completed her Masters degree in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech and her PhD in Dairy Food Safety from Cornell University. After four years at the Chicago Department of Public Health as a Division Director in Infectious Disease, Dr. Masiello Schuette returned to dairy and joined DMI. Her current role is as the Director of Environmental Research, where she works to enable transformative options to address the environmental impact of dairy production. Dr. Masiello Schuette has a deep passion for communicating science-based information to diverse audiences.

Dr. Stephanie Masiello Schuette has the following relevant relationships to report: she is an employee of Dairy Managment Inc.


National Dairy Council's mission is to bring to life the dairy community's shared vision of a healthy, happy, sustainable world - with science as the foundation. On behalf of America's dairy farmers, National Dairy Council shares science-based information about how nutritious, responsibly produced dairy foods help nourish people across the lifespan. For more information, opt in to become a member of the Dairy Nourishes Network at

National Dairy Council Via Dairy Management Inc. #20077 is approved by the CDR to offer 1.0 CPEU for this educational activity. 

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