"Industrial Ag in the Driftless: How do we protect our communities?" will be held at the Americinn Conference Center, 1700 Elm Street, on January 20 from 1pm to 5:30pm. The grassroots forum will share information about the Driftless area’s sensitive karst hydrogeology and what has happened in places where industrialized agriculture operations have been permitted by the State.
Keynote speaker John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, will discuss “Defending Rural Communities against Economic Colonization.” Panelists, who will address how industrial agriculture can affect our health, economies, and environment, include a local hog farmer, a neighbor to an industrial hog facility, a geologist, an environmental attorney, and state and national level environmental advocates. Network and share struggles and successes, with a focus on solution-oriented discussion about what can be done to protect our land, water, and air in the Driftless region. Click the link above or the poster below for more information. LWV UMRR Board members will be tabling at this event, stop by and visit if you attend.