Federal legislation determining the nation's farm and food policies will be the focus of a series of five public events across Missouri from April 28 to May 4.
Sponsored by the Izaak Walton League of America and coordinated by the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, the Missouri events are scheduled for Kansas City, Springfield, Mansfield, Columbia and St. Louis.
"Every five years, a massive piece of legislation called the farm bill determines how tens of billions of federal tax dollars will be spent to shape American agriculture. These sessions will help all Missourians -– from food growers to food buyers -- learn how the farm bill impacts our food, soil, air and water and how we can better shape sustainable food and farm priorities," says Kat Logan-Smith, executive director of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.
The Izaak Walton League of America is spearheading events in five Midwest states to discuss the needs and opportunities for the 2012 Farm Bill. The goal is to gain public input from all types of citizens on the effective role of the farm bill in supporting an agricultural system that achieves stewardship, prosperity, and fairness.
"That means federal farm policies should support agricultural practices that are good for farmers, good for the environment, and good for America," says Brad Redlin, agriculture program director for the IWLA.
The "Farm Bill Comes to the Table" events in Missouri include:
• Kansas City – 6 p.m., Thursday, April 28 – All Souls Unitarian Church
• Springfield – 6 p.m., Friday, April 29 – Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center
• Mansfield – Sunday & Monday, May 1 & 2 – Presentations at the Baker Creek Spring Planting Festival
• Columbia – Tuesday, May 3
• St. Louis – 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 4 – St. Louis University, Doisy Hall