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U of I McClure Center April Discussion Explores the Future of Food

March 27, 2019

KETCHUM, Idaho — March 27, 2019 — Food and agriculture in the Wood River Valley will be the subject of the University of Idaho’s Policy Pub, “The Future of Food,” from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Sawtooth Brewery Public House and Tap Room, 631 Warm Springs Road, Ketchum.

A panel of experts on food and conservation will discuss sustainable food systems, the future of food production and consumption, water and other challenges specific to central Idaho. The discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session. The event is organized by U of I’s James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research and the Sun Valley Institute.

Panelists include Fred Brossy, farmer and owner of Ernie’s Organics; Mark Davidson, director of conservation initiatives at The Nature Conservancy; Lauren Golden, associate professor and Blaine County Extension educator at University of Idaho Extension; and Amy Mattias, co-director of the Local Food Alliance, Sun Valley Institute and board member on the Blaine County Food Council. McClure Center Director Katherine Himes will moderate the discussion.

Policy Pub is a bi-monthly speaker series designed to engage Idahoans through stimulating conversations on a variety of policy topics. Starting this year, the McClure Center is organizing a series of Pop-up Policy Pub sessions across Idaho, beginning with this event in Ketchum. More information on the April 11 event and RSVP details are available via Eventbrite.

The McClure Center conducts research and provides nonpartisan information on critical issues facing the state, region, nation and world.

The next Policy Pub will take place in October in Boise and will focus on homelessness and housing security.

Media Contact

Katherine Himes
Director, James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research

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