A coalition of agricultural-based groups will host the 2007 Food and Family Farm Presidential Summit Nov. 10 in Des Moines. This unique event will give 2008 presidential candidates the opportunity to lay out their vision for rural America.

"This is a real opportunity for the candidates to engage with family farmers, rural voters and the growing number of Iowans who are concerned with the safety of our food supply and food issues," says Chris Petersen, president of Iowa Farmers Union.

All presidential candidates, representing both parties, have been invited to attend. Candidates confirmed thus far: Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Chris Dodd, former Sen. John Edwards and Sen. Hillary Clinton. Iowa elected officials, including Sen. Chuck Grassley, local candidates and experts on sustainable agriculture will also speak to attendees throughout the day.

"It's important for rural America to hear from the candidates, and important for the candidates to share their views with those who live, work and raise their families in rural America," says Tom Buis, president of National Farmers Union.


10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Candidates will be appearing throughout the day   
10:30 a.m., Sen. Barack Obama
11 a.m., Sen. Chris Dodd
Noon, former Sen. John Edwards
3 p.m. Sen. Grassley
4:30 p.m., Sen. Hillary Clinton

LOCATION: Downtown Marriott, 700 Grand Ave, Des Moines

The event is open to the public; tickets are $20 and a lunch will be served at noon. For more information about attending, contact Dave Murphy: (515) 745-3140.

Source: National Farmers Union