Kansas Rural Center to Host Regional Town Hall in Emporia
Topeka, KS – Kansans are invited to attend the upcoming “Kansas Future of Farming & Food” Town Hall on Monday, July 8th, at the Bowyer Community Building at 2700 W. US Highway 50, in Emporia, Kansas, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The town hall, hosted by the Kansas Rural Center, will feature a panel of experts on our food system and farming, climate and energy, and rural/urban community needs, and how we come together to address these.
Following the panel comments, attendees will have time to respond, ask questions, and share their experiences or opinions about the issues addressed to help identify what is needed to advance opportunities in their communities and/or the region.
Panelists at the Emporia meeting will include Rachel Myslivy, Assistant Director of the Climate and Energy Project; Matt Sanderson Professor of Sociology at K-State; Jeremy Cowan, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Food Production Systems at K-State; and Gail Fuller, Fuller Family Farms of Emporia. Aubrey Streit-Krug, Director of Ecosphere Studies at The Land Institute, Salina, will lead the panel and community discussion.
A complimentary dinner featuring locally sourced ingredients from Ad Astra will be available starting at 5:30 pm with the program starting at 6 p.m. Registration is required in order to ensure an accurate count for dinner. Please register no later than Friday, July 5th at https://kansasruralcenter.org/2019townhalls Contact Caryl Hale, KRC Field Coordinator, if you have questions, at email@example.com or call 866-579-5469.
The Town Hall offers an opportunity to share information and enable community dialogue on the vision for the future we want and how we get there. The discussion will include issues critical to Kansas ranging from the impacts of weather extremes and a changing climate on our food system and farming, population loss (especially of young people) and how to bring people back, and present and future economic and community opportunities.
This will be the first of five “Future of Farming and Food” Town Halls across the state. Upcoming “Kansas Future of Farming & Food” town halls will also be held in Wichita, Wednesday, July 10th; Garden City, Tuesday, July 30th; St. Francis, Wednesday, July 31st; and Kansas City, date to be announced.
Partial support for this project is provided through the Kansas Town Hall program, a partnership between Humanities Kansas and the Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum that encourages citizens to discuss public policy issues facing Kansas today.
These town hall are part of KRC’s “Community Food Solutions for a Healthier Kansas” initiative and Integrated Voter Engagement project, which aims to improve the economy, community, environment, and health in Kansas by strengthening civic engagement and public policy support that better incorporate Kansas farms and communities into the state’s healthy food supply chain.
The mission of KRC, founded in 1979, is to promote the long-term health of the land and its people through community-based research, education, and advocacy that advances an economically viable, ecologically sound, and socially just food and farming system in Kansas. For more information, visit kansasruralcenter.org.