CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: Nov. 7, 2002
UI to host program on sustainable agriculture and renewable energy Nov.
20 in Calmar
The University of Iowa College of Public Health and the UI Alumni Association
will co-sponsor a Wednesday, Nov. 20 educational program, titled "Farming
for the Future: Sustainable Agriculture and Renewable Energy Production,"
in Calmar, Iowa.
The free, public program will take place at the Dairy Center, Room 115,
just south of Northeast Iowa Community College, 1527 Highway 150, in Calmar.
A reception with light refreshments will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the
5:30-7 p.m. program.
The program will feature two speakers. Michael Duffy, Ph.D., associate director
of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, will discuss sustainable
agriculture in a talk titled, "Where Have All the Farmers Gone?"
David Osterberg, associate professor of occupational and environmental health
in the UI College of Public Health, will highlight aspects of renewable energy
programs currently used by European countries. In summer 2002, Osterberg and
several colleagues completed a four-week solar bicycle tour of renewable energy
sites in northern Europe. He will talk about how an educational bicycle tour
like his can help change energy policy in Iowa and what role citizens can
play in influencing government policy decisions on such issues.
Due to limited seating, those planning to attend the program are asked to
register in advance by contacting Jasmine Grassi at (319) 335-9829 or by e-mail
In addition to his work with the Leopold Center, Duffy is a professor of
agricultural economics at Iowa State University and works with ISU Extension
farm management specialists. He is the professor-in-charge of the ISU Beginning
Farmer Center and conducts the yearly Iowa land values poll.
Osterberg spent 12 years in the Iowa General Assembly (1983-1994), where
he served as chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection
and chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture. Osterberg consults regularly
on energy and natural resources issues and has appeared as an expert witness
for consumer groups, environmental groups and small businesses in contested
cases before state public utility commissions in eight states and before the
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Osterberg is also executive director of
the Iowa Policy Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting
research on a broad set of issues of importance to Iowans.
This program has been planned in cooperation with Northeast Iowa Community
College and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. The statewide
College of Public Health Educational Outreach Series is funded in part by
a grant from the Principal Financial Group Foundation. More information about
the educational outreach programs, including a schedule of upcoming events,
can be found at www.public-health.uiowa.edu/eop/.