On the Radio: First Iowa Ag Summit scheduled for March

A farmer chops corn for silage in an Iowa field (TumblingRun / Flickr)
A farmer chops corn for silage in an Iowa field (TumblingRun / Flickr)
February 16, 2015

This week’s On the Radio segment introduces the upcoming Iowa Agriculture Summit, a political event taking place in Des Moines next month. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

Transcript: Iowa Ag Summit

A recently announced forum focusing on agriculture aims to put Iowa farm issues in the national spotlight.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Last month Iowa entrepreneur and philanthropist Bruce Rastetter announced plans for the state’s first ag summit to take place in Des Moines on March 7th. The event aims to provide an opportunity for potential presidential candidates from each party to discuss agricultural issues affecting the economy in Iowa and around the rest of the country.

More than a dozen prominent political figures have been invited to speak at the event including New Jersey governor Chris Christie, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Each speaker will take the stage individually and will have 20 minutes to discuss issues ranging from genetically modified organisms to federal subsidies.

For more information about Iowa’s inaugural ag summit visit Iowa.Environmental-Focus.org

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.


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