Jennifer Schmidt

Independent Expert

Jennifer Schmidt

Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietician

Jennifer lives on a family farm with her husband and two children. Schmidt Farms is a very diverse farm, including grains, vegetables, hay and wine grapes in Sudlersville, Maryland. The diversity doesn’t end at their farm.

Not only does Jennifer work on the farm and manage the family’s 20-acre vineyard in addition to vineyards that belong to other producers throughout the region, but she is also a registered dietitian by trade who speaks on behalf of the International Food Information Council.

Schmidt also dedicates a good portion of her time to starting conversations about food and farming with urban consumers based on her experiences through her blog, The Foodie Farmer.  When Jennifer is able to find some spare time outside of 4-H projects with her kids, church activities and her many other responsibilities, she can be found relaxing with a good book or working on her latest scrapbooking project.

From this Expert

Posted on May 8, 2017
Response from Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietician • May 25, 2017
This is a simple, yet difficult question to answer because I can only answer for myself and our farming operation, and only as it applies to corn and soybeans which are the only two GMO crops we grow. We also grow non-GMO soybeans, so I have a fair comparison on cost efficiency. Our other crops – wheat, barley, green beans, tomatoes and grapes are not genetically engineered and no commercial GMO of these crops are currently on the market.        ... Read More
Posted on September 28, 2015
Response from Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietician • December 4, 2015
Since we often grow for seed, our farm cost structure for seed production mirrors our cost structure for any identity preserved grain. The additional steps for identity preserved GMO or non-GMO seed (yes they both have to be protected) mirrors the production I outlined in my comparative blog. I cannot speak for the finishing costs past the farm gate but for us to grow seed, it must pass inspection by the agriculture department several times through the growing season and also pass the lab... Read More
Posted on June 15, 2015
Response from Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietician • July 10, 2015
The answer to this question is, “it depends.”    First, segregation of grains can happen for any seed. Whether seed is GMO or non-GMO is not the only criteria upon which grains are needed to be segregated. This is particularly true for seeds grown for future seed. It has to be true to its genetics to be pure, regardless of whether it is GMO, non-GMO, or conventional hybrids. In the case of organics, it has to be segregated based on production methods in order to... Read More
Posted on May 15, 2015
Response from Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietician • July 1, 2015
Our family farm has practiced all three farming systems simultaneously – conventional, biotechnology and certified organic. These farming systems are not mutually exclusive and really require only variations in management than anything else. There is not one “philosophy” that makes a farm more sustainable than another because one must take into account the soil type, weather patterns, and growing region as important impacts toward advantages and disadvantages of what might be... Read More
Posted on March 1, 2015
Response from Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietician • March 27, 2015
Unfortunately, I was unable to discover any farmer’s market, brand or grocery store that openly promotes or advertises GMO foods. There are stores however, that positively discuss GMOs in our food supply and the current science surrounding the technology. Most of these statements were found either on their organic/natural foods page, or on a sustainability page.  Here are a few that I was able to find:   Wegmans   “What is Wegmans' position on GMOs?... Read More
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