Local Foods Connection Blog

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Finding Food In Farm Country January 23, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — localfoodsconnection @ 10:13 pm

Agricultural economist and community development expert Ken Meter will be touring Eastern Iowa February 6th – 9th to present his “Finding Food in Farm Country” analysis for the Eastern Iowa Region.

Find out:

-Why Iowa farmers have lost over $3.4 billion dollars in the past decade even while producing record yields;

-Why most of our region’s food dollars are spent elsewhere even though much of our food can be produced locally;

-How healthy local and regional food systems build healthy economies;

-What we can do right now to build a better future:

*Local Food *Agri-tourism * Bio-energy

Ken Meter has 36 years of experience in community capacity building as a researcher, journalist, educator and administrator. He taught microeconomics at Harvard University and agricultural economics at the University of Minnesota. Ken was invited to present his pioneering “Finding Food in Farm Country” study to the Senate Agricultural Committee. This work has sparked local development in rural and urban Iowa and across the U.S.

Schedule of Events:

–February 6th–

**Grinnell: 4:15 p.m.

The Forum, South Lounge, Grinnell College Campus 1119 6th Avenue

**Cedar Rapids: 7:30 p.m.

Iowa Hall, Kirkwood Community College Campus

6301 Kirkwood Blvd S.W.

–February 7–

Iowa City: 3:00 p.m.

Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street, Room A

Dinner with Ken: 6:30 p.m.

One Twenty Six Restaurant, 126 S. Washington St.

Participants pay own expense. RSVP by January 31 to: info@onetwentysix.net, Party Name: Dinner with Ken Meter

–February 8–

**Fairfield: 1:30 p.m.

Fairfield Public Library, 104 W Adams Ave

**Mt. Pleasant: 6:00 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Public Library, 307 E Monroe St.

–February 9–

Maquoketa: 10:00 a.m.

Hurstville Interpretative Center, 18670 63rd St.

Brought to you by the Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development Office in collaboration with local organizations and with the support of the Northwest Area Foundation. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL. Questions? Contact Chris Taliga at (319) 668-6110; or christine.taliga@ia.usda.gov

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