Food and Farm Policy is Focus of Public Meeting May 25 in Polk City

Anyone interested in food systems is invited to learn about local, state and federal farm policy.


AMES, Iowa -- Everyone interested in the development of Iowa food systems is invited to attend a food policy networking and information-sharing meeting Thursday, May 25, at Cherry Glen Learning Farm in Polk City.

Local, state and national legislative policies have a significant impact on the ability to develop thriving, sustainable local food systems that serve Iowans. This meeting will be an opportunity to learn more about some of the policies and systems, as well as ways to engage and stay informed on policy changes that affect Iowa’s communities.

Anna Johnson“The agenda will include conversations and presentations on current and past state level involvement with local food policy development, development of local food policy councils, ways food system practitioners have engaged in moving effective food policy forward,” said Lynn Heuss, local foods program coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach.

There will be an overview of the 2018 Farm Bill and national food policy that impacts food systems in Iowa, as well as information about engaging in policy, and for those interested in running for public office now or in the future. Anna Johnson, policy program associate for the Center for Rural Affairs, will give an overview of federal food and farm policy.

Registration information
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Cherry Glen Learning Farm, 3989 NW 94th Ave., Polk City, Iowa. Cost is $20 to cover lunch, payable on site by cash or check. Online registration can be made at http://bit.ly/2p5T6uA. The meeting is facilitated by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Local Foods Program and is the spring quarterly gathering of the Regional Food Systems Working Group.

For information, contact Heuss at leheuss@iastate.edu  or 515-201-9405.


PHOTO: Anna Johnson, policy program associate for the Center for Rural Affairs. Photo by Nicholas Van Berkum.