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March 4, 2015
Farm Aid and Family Farmers Discuss a Different Vision of Agriculture in Context of Iowa Ag Summit
Des Moines, Iowa — As GOP presidential hopefuls descend on Iowa to participate in the first Iowa Ag Summit, Farm Aid is calling for a different conversation about food and farm policy.
“The concept of an agricultural summit is a good one, but the Iowa Ag Summit is likely to focus on feeding corporate interests, rather than the interests of family farmers and all of us who eat,” said Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson. “We invite the attendees to instead have a conversation that examines what policies are needed to support a family farm-centered vision of agriculture. Let’s create a future that is guided by family farmers and supported by policies that promote access to land, credit and fair markets.”
In the lead-up to the Iowa Ag Summit, Farm Aid offers interview availability to discuss an alternative perspective on the future of agriculture that is locally controlled and sustains the health of soil, water, communities and rural economies for future generations.
To request an interview, contact Scott Rieder at firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell at 301461-5482.
Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised $48 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.