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Drake Conference to focus on food policy

Food Policy, Social Justice, Hunger and Sustainability will be the focus of the fifth annual Innovation and Leadership Conference at Drake University on Friday, Jan. 14.


The conference, which is open to the public, will feature a diverse set of experts directly involved in food policy issues at the grassroots level and at the regional and national levels in production, research, teaching and advocacy. Sessions will deal with the following issues:

  • Food Systems and Policy
  • The Consumer’s Voice in Food Production
  • Food Security and Justice: Right or Privilege?
  • Food Systems — Reaching All Segments of Iowa Communities
  • Iowa: Feeding the World? A View from the Farmer’s Perspective
  • Food Systems and the Effects on our Health and Environment
  • Because We All Eat: How Food and Ag Policy Affects Us All
  • Closing Summary of Sessions: C. Kenneth Meyer, the Thomas F. Sheehan professor of public administration at Drake University

The all-day conference includes a luncheon presentation titled “Feeding Our Sustainable Future: Myths, Challenges and Opportunities” with featured speaker Professor Neil Hamilton, the Dwight D. Opperman chair of law and director of the Drake Agricultural Law Center.

The registration fee is $30, which covers attendance, conference materials, plus lunch. The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. at Drake’s Aliber Hall, 2847 University Ave.

For the conference full schedule and to register online, visit the Drake University Center for Professional Studies website or call 515-271-2592.