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Concentration in agribusiness and the economy in general is a major problem for family farmers and rural communities. It impacts our ability to have a fair shot in the markets and get fair prices. We are traveling to the Heartland Forum to make sure our voices are heard in the important conversations starting up around the 2020 Presidential race. The Forum will bring together leading Democratic presidential contenders to discuss their ideas for solving the range of economic and social challenges facing rural and small town communities in Iowa and beyond. The event will be moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning Storm Lake Times columnist and editor Art Cullen and hosted by Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. The “Heartland Forum,” held in the first-in-the-nation caucus state responsible for propelling candidates from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama to the Presidency, will provide a unique opportunity to present a vision and policy agenda to reverse rural and small-town America’s declining living conditions. From agricultural consolidation and the collapse of manufacturing to the disappearance of local journalism, the Forum seeks to surface new, high-impact ideas for revitalizing America’s heartland communities.

Prior to the Heartland Forum, we will be attending the Farmer Bill of Rights Rally, organized by Family Farm Action.

CHIPPEWA FALLS - Bus
4:00 a.m. Depart Chippewa Falls
5:30 a.m. Stop at the Park & Ride at 8101 28th Avenue South, Bloomington, MN
5:45 a.m. Depart Park & Ride
10:15 Arrive Frank Starr Park in Storm Lake, IA

MADISON - 15-passenger van
4:30 AM: Depart from Dutch Mill Park & Ride in Madison
6:00 AM: Stop in Dubuque, Iowa
9:00 AM: Stop in Webster City
10:15 AM: Arrive at Frank Starr Park

We will coordinate a bus from Northwest Wisconsin and a van or carpool from Southern Wisconsin. Anticipate a full-day event, including travel. Please contact Bobbi Wilson ([email protected]/608 234-3741) or Deb Jakubek ([email protected]/715 590-2130) for schedule details.

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March 30, 2019 - 4:00am to 10:00pm
Storm Lake, Iowa
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