The Drake Forum: America's New Farmers: Policy Innovations & OpportunitiesWashington DC - March 4 and 5, 2010Johnston, IA- August 16 and 17, 2011
Rural Lands Rural Livelihoods ConferenceUsing Land and Natural Resources to Revitalize Rural Iowa- September 20 and 21, 2007
The Role of Law in Promoting Sustainable Farming and Rural Development: An International Perspective Des Moines, IA- October 15 and 16, 2007
The National Workshop on State & Local Food Policy
Each September, the Center hosts a comprehensive educational event that explores unique topics relevant to state food and agricultural policy, The National Workshop on State & Local Food Policy. The workshop engages farmers, non-profit organizations, businesses, academics, and policy makers to share and learn from one another how the U.S. food system can be improved. The workshop offers an extensive line-up of renowned, expert speakers which has attracted participants throughout the U.S., Canada and abroad.
The 2005 National Workshop, supported with funding from the USDA Risk Management Agency, Community Outreach and Assistance Partnership Program
, will highlight operational and legal issues related to joint producer initiatives including financing, ownership and risk management techniques. Additionally, the state partners of the 2004-2005 Drake-RMA State & Local Food Policy Project will provide reports about issues unique to their respective states.
Food policy council coordinators from Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin, and the Hopi Nation will share the impacts and outcomes of convening the many stakeholders in food and agriculture that would not otherwise have the opportunity to work together to research, develop and recommend public policy change.
For details about the 2005 National Workshop, please see the program website
Rural Attorneys & Agriculture Conference
Each year this conference attracts attorneys from across the Midwest to discuss recent developments in agricultural law.
PresentationsRetail Agriculture: Bringing Our A Game to Local Foods
, presentation by Matt Russell, January, 29, 2015, Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference
Food and the Future: Helping USDA Create 100,000 New Farms
, presentation by Prof. Neil D. Hamilton, November 20, 2010, Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference Food Policy Affecting Food System Development
, presentation by Matt Russell, September 4, 2009, Fairfield Arts and Convention CenterPromoting Food Policy Councils
, presentation by Matt Russell, August 25, 2009, UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Chapel Hill, NCTaking Advantage of Iowa’s Local Food Movement
, presentation by Matt RussellLocal and Regional Foods: Policy and Institutions
, presentation by Matt Russell2008 Farm Bill: Fifty Provisions to Know about Rural Development, Conservation, Food, and Energy
, presentation by Prof. Neil D. HamiltonCounty Regulations & Legal Issues Affecting Agritourism
, presentation by Matt RussellSustainable Agricultural Land Tenure: Issues for Iowa
, presentation by Prof. Neil D. HamiltonAgriculture and Food Production 101
, presentation by Prof. Neil D. Hamilton Feeding our Sustainable Green Future: Legal Issues in Agricultural Land Tenure
, presentation by Prof. Neil D. Hamilton Organic Agriculture and the 2008 Farm Bill
, presentation by Prof. Neil D. Hamilton The Changing Face of Agricultural Health and Safety NAAC and ICASH
, presentation by Matt