University of Iowa
Lecture

Science on Tap

Growing Local Food: Small-Scale Farming in a Big Farm State

Presented by
Hancher
UI Research Development Office
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Free

Science is brewing at Hancher’s Stanley Café! Science on Tap is an informal forum for UI researchers to engage the campus and the local community in a discussion of science in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Please join us November 9 from 5:30-6:30 pm for Science on Tap during the weekly Thursday Nights at Hancher program.

In Iowa, agriculture looms large.  The state is the number one producer of corn, soybeans, and hogs and, most years, eggs.  Iowa’s Big Ag reputation has put the state in the epicenter of some of the most hotly contested debates about farming and the future of food production.  But Iowa is also home to a robust network of smaller scale farms that supply ever-expanding statewide and regional food markets.  The rhetorical tendency to pit conventional and alternative agriculture against each other becomes complicated when those two systems co-exist in rural neighborhoods. This talk considers the ways that local and global food systems overlap in Iowa, and how their interactions can contribute to a healthier local food system.

Speaker: Dr. Brandi Janssen (Director, Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health; Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health)

Light entrees, snacks, and refreshments will be available for purchase from the Stanley Café.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Hancher in advance at (319) 335-1158.