This Saturday, 2016 presidential hopefuls will descend upon Des Moines to attend the first-ever Iowa Agriculture Summit. Hosted by Big Ag operator Bruce Rastetter, the summit promises to be a conversation about “modern agriculture,” including topics like renewable fuels, biosciences, GMOs, grain and livestock markets, and more. Rastetter will speak one-on-one with each potential candidate, allowing no questions from the audience.
While the idea of an agriculture summit is a good one, it’s likely that the conversation at this summit will focus on furthering the interests of corporate agriculture.
Family farmers know that feeding all of us — not corporate interests — should be the focus of farm policy and the food systems throughout our country. And we here at Farm Aid agree: people, not profits, should come first.
That’s why our long-time partner Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI) has planned a separate summit to counter the message of corporate agriculture. This weekend, at The Food and Ag Justice Summit, I will join family farmers, local community advocates and national allies to talk about a vision of agriculture that works for people and for the planet.
We invite you to join us for a powerful day of elevating a People and Planet First Agenda that puts family farmers, and all of us who eat, before corporate greed.
Friday March 6
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Food, Fun, & Fight Back
Iowa CCI Headquarters, 2001 Forest Ave, Des Moines
Saturday March 7
7:00 am – 11:00 am
Food and Ag Justice Speak Out
Elwell Family Food Center, Iowa State Fairgrounds
3000 E. Grand Ave, Des Moines
11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Food and Ag Justice Teach In
Simpson United Methodist Church
2600 Capitol Ave, Des Moines
We hope you’ll join us in Des Moines to support a vision of agriculture that puts family farmers, good food, and a fair and just food system first.