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Thu, Jun 13


Valley City

Barnes County Historical Society Annual Meeting and Final Season 23 Lecture by John Ikerd

The Annual Meeting of the BCHS is in the Riverside Room of the Valley City Eagles Aerie starting at 6:30. All Society members are encouraged to attend. There are organization reports and the election of two new board members. This is followed at 7:30 by Dr. John Ikerd.

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Time & Location

Jun 13, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Valley City, 345 12th Ave NE, Valley City, ND 58072, USA

About the event

50 years that changed it all: Food, Farming and Community

Dr. John Ikerd will share his perspectives on food, farming and community as part of the Barnes County Historical Society’s 150 birthday celebration for the county.

A nationally and internationally known writer and speaker, he will be at the Valley City Eagles Club on Thursday, June 13 at 7:30.

Dr Ikerd is an emeritus professor at the University of Missouri who grew up as a dairy farm kid in Missouri, worked for the 3rd largest meatpacking company in America, then earned a PhD in agricultural economics at the University of Missouri. For years as a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma, North Carolina State and then University of Georgia, he taught what he learned-“ go big or go home” and “farming is a business, not a way of life”. In Georgia as an extension livestock marketing specialist, he helped start the hog industry but, then, also witnessed the 1980’s farm crisis. His saw firsthand how hard this philosophy was on the land, rural communities and farmers who lost their land and sometimes their lives in the period of collapsing prices and credit overextension.

Since then he has travelled extensively to speak with and listen to producers, policy makers and consumers in support of sustainable agriculture, local food networks and independent farmers. He wrote the 2014 UN report on Family Farms in North America, has written 6 books, numerous journal articles, and publishes an online blog.

The talk is free, open to the public and will be on Zoom.

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This talk is co-sponsored by the Dakota Resource Council and private donors.

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