The Elwell Family Food Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines will become the center of the political universe this weekend when the 2015 Iowa Ag Summit takes the stage, highlighting and promoting agriculture while providing a huge stage for likely presidential candidates.
“Every four years Iowa becomes an epicenter of American politics, often shaping and almost always reflecting national policy movements,” the event’s website states. “Unfortunately, until now there has not been a forum solely dedicated to matters that directly affect Iowa farmers who feed and fuel not just the country, but the world.”
Invited speakers will be given an opportunity to address the audience, then have a conversation with host Bruce Rastetter on a range of issues concerning American agriculture. Topics will include modern agriculture, renewable fuels, biosciences, GMOs, grain and livestock markets, land conservation, and federal subsidies. Each participant will be given 20 minutes alone on stage.
The Iowa Ag Summit schedule begins with opening introductions at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. A box lunch will be served shortly after noon. Tickets were given away for free, but there is now a waiting list for those who wish to attend.