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Award-winning columnist to speak at JFAN annual meeting

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Oct 17, 2017

Award-winning agricultural journalist and syndicated columnist Alan Guebert, who worked as a writer and senior editor at Professional Farmers of America and Successful Farming magazine, will speak at this year’s Jefferson County Farmers and Neighbors annual meeting.

The meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

According to a JFAN news release, Guebert will take a hard look at the role of factory farming in the corporate food system, and its widespread influence throughout society.

Guebert who authors the “Farm and Food File,” said that “current farming policies fit the definition of insanity. It hasn’t worked in the past, so let’s do more of it and SE what happens ... instead, we should be talking about how to fixed what’s broken, not how to patch it.”

Guebert writes about current agricultural policy trends.

Along with Guebert, Johnson County Supervisor Mike Carberry, Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri at Columbia John Ikerd, and JFAN’s legal counsel, attorney David Sykes, also will speak.

According to the release, Carberry will underscore the need for taking action. He will share why his county recently passed a resolution in support of a factory farm moratorium, and other ways that his county is addressing Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.

Ikerd, who is a member of JFAN’s board of directors, will start the meeting off with a brief overview of the influences of industrial livestock corporations.

Sykes will provide a legal update on an Iowa Supreme Court challenge to the Iowa Right to Farm law, and how to analyze and challenge the new law-limiting nuisance lawsuit awards passed this winter, as well as a new case recently filed in Jefferson County.

Admission to the meeting is free. However a donation of $5 is welcome to support JFAN’s mission. JFAN is a 501(c) (3) educational foundation that has been operating since 2005.

For more information, visit www.jfaniowa.org.

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