USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack will be at Iowa State University Oct. 12 to participate in a “Global Farmer Town Hall” meeting.

As part of the United Nations’ International Year of Biodiversity, a panel made up of farmers and others from around the world will convene at Iowa State to discuss sustainable agriculture practices and their role in biodiversity preservation.

The event will be held 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium in Howe Hall. Iowa State is cosponsoring the event with Crop Life of America and Truth about Trade and Technology in conjunction with the World Food Prize.

Vilsack will present opening remarks and be available to answer questions from students and the audience. The panel will feature farmers from Asia, Latin America and North America explaining what they do daily to preserve the environment, plus experts will address how these practices benefit our world.

Pam Johnson, who is involved in a family farm operation near Floyd in north-central Iowa, is one of the farmer panelists. Other farmers are Rajesh Kumar, who grows vegetables in India, and Luis Rodriguez, a corn and cattle farmer from Honduras.

Orion Samuelson, host of several nationally syndicated agricultural broadcasts, will facilitate the town hall meeting.

Advance registration is recommended but not required, and is free.

The event will be streamed live via Webcast.

More information.

Source: Iowa State University