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Indiana Farmers Union to Feature Farm and Food Advocates
Indiana Ag Connection - 11/13/2017

Indiana Farmers Union has a terrific line-up for this year's annual convention, to be held at Taxman Fortville at 29 S. Main St., Fortville from 10 a.m to 4 p.m., Nov. 18. This free event offers a full lunch buffet by Taxman Fortville, a film screening of "Farmers For America," giveaways, and food and farm advocates speaking throughout the day.

Farmers For America: The documentary traces the extraordinary changes coming to America's food system as more and more consumers flock to farmers markets, embrace farm-to-table lifestyles, and insist on knowing the origins of their food. At the center of the film are the farmers, young and old, who provide the spirit and energy to bring urban and rural America together over what both share in common: our food. These farmers reflect nothing less than the face of America. With the average age of today's farmer at 60, and rural America losing population as the cost of land and equipment soars, this film reveals the people waiting to take their place, the practices they're championing and the obstacles they must overcome.

Joe Maxwell will discuss the power of industrial agriculture, the effects of market concentration on rural communities, and how farmers can work together to change the system. Maxwell served as the 45th Lieutenant Governor for the state of Missouri. Maxwell, who now owns and operates a successful pasture-raised hog operation called Maxwell Farm, was born in Kirksville, Mo., and grew up on a farm near Rush Hill in rural Audrain County, Missouri. Maxwell currently serves as the executive director for Organization for Competitive Markets and as President of the recently established Family Farm Action, and he is a member of the National Agriculture Advisory Council for The Humane Society of the United States.

National Farmers Union honorary historian Tom Giessel will share his historical knowledge and findings on the early years of the Farmers Educational Cooperative Union of America, which grew out of the old Farmers' Alliance organization. Giessel will speak on the original organizers and their history, how they organized Farmers Union locals and carefully structured the organization politically, and how Indiana Farmers Union got its start and developed into a modern-day organization. Giessel currently serves as Honorary Historian for the National Farmers Union and President of the Pawnee County Farmers Union.

Other special guests and speakers include Katie Moyer, owner of Kentucky Hemp Works, Kent Yeager, Agriculture Liaison to Senator Joe Donnelly, National Farmers Union Membership Director Tom Bryant, and Indiana Farmers Union President James Benham.

Please RSVP on the Facebook event page, so that planners can appropriately plan for the event: For more details about the event, contact or call (317) 371-2970.

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