Candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination have been invited to a Q&A-discussion with Iowa organic farmers to answer questions on the role of regenerative and organic agriculture in their platforms.
The event, titled “Combating Climate Change with Organic and Regenerative Agriculture,” is hosted by the Organic Farmers Association (OFA) and the Iowa Organic Association. and takes place Dec. 5 between 6:30 – 8pm CT at the Fairview Lodge in Story City, Iowa.
The candidates invited include Vice President Biden, Congresswoman Gabbard, Mayor Buttigieg, Senators Booker, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders, and Warren, as well as Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang.
The forum will be moderated by Francis Thicke, owner of Fairfield, Iowa-based Radiance Dairy and a veteran of the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board, and OFA Director, Kate Mendenhall, who is also owner of Okoboji Organics in Okoboji, Iowa.
Each presidential candidate will be given 2-3 minutes to share with an audience of more than 75 Iowa organic farmers the components of their platform that support regenerative and organic agriculture. Farmers will then ask the candidates questions about their agricultural policies.