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Iowa Interfaith Power & Light co-sponsors panel discussion on agriculture and climate change in Ames, Iowa on March 30, 2014

Posted March 12, 2014 in Ames, Community Web Exclusives

Des Moines, Iowa – March 10, 2014: Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, along with The Center for Rural Affairs, University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education, Bethesda Lutheran Church, and Citizen’s Climate Lobby are hosting a panel discussion on agriculture and climate change on Sunday, March 30, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Avenue, in Ames, Iowa.

Featured panelists at the event are:

Christopher Anderson: Iowa State University climate scientist and agronomist

Joan Fumetti: Retired UCC clergy and former Foods Resource Bank staff

Matt Russell: Drake Agricultural Law Program’s State Food Policy Project Coordinator and Co-owner of Coyote Run Farm

Arlyn Schipper: Grundy County grain farmer

The panel will be moderated by Mike Glover, former director of the Associated Press in Iowa.

“Climate change is certainly having an impact on agriculture, both within the state of Iowa, and globally,” said Rev. Susan Guy, executive director of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light. “What we want to do is help connect the dots between climate change and its many interrelated issues, such as hunger. We also want to move people to work together to find lasting solutions for the benefit of everyone, including future generations.”

From extreme weather to drought, climate change threatens the livelihoods of farmers, ranchers, and others in rural communities. Decreased soil moisture and water availability, the northward spread of pests, the potential increase of invasive species, and the risks from flooding and drought make it necessary to adapt to changes already happening. The impacts on agriculture will affect all of us, with the most vulnerable in our society being hurt the most. We have a moral obligation to work together to find solutions.

For more information, contact Susan Guy at or 515-689-1112.

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