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World-renowned ag author to speak on corporate farming

By Staff | May 13, 2016

John Ikerd, a world-renowned sustainable agricultural author, will speak in Rugby and three other North Dakota cities this month to highlight the impact of corporate farming on communities and economies.

Hosted by the Dakota Resource Council, Ikerd will present “Corporate Agriculture vs. Family Farms: A Battle for Hearts and Minds of the People” May 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Dakota Farms in Rugby. A lunch buffet available, with a freewill donation accepted. The presentation is free and open to everyone.

Ikerd will also speak in Fargo, Grand Forks and Bismarck during the week.

Ikerd, who grew up on a small dairy farm, will speak on how the proposed repeal of North Dakota’s anti-corporate farming law is but one aspect of a far larger corporate political strategy to remove all impediments to corporate control of American agriculture.

Last year, North Dakota legislators rolled back an 84-year-old law preventing corporate farming in North Dakota. More than 20,000 people signed a referral petition and Measure 1 will be voted on at the June 14 election. The N.D. Agriculture Department also will be making a decision on permitting a proposed 9,000-head hog factory farm at Buffalo, near Fargo, shortly before the election.

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