Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman will be the keynote speaker at the National Farm-City Council's annual Kickoff Luncheon set for Thursday, Nov. 19, at 12:30 p.m. at the Westin Indianapolis. The luncheon follows the Farm-City Symposium on “Farm Animal Care: Myths vs. Facts" at the Westin.
These events begin National Farm-City Week, Nov. 20 to 26, 2009, dedicated to enhancing links between farm families and urban residents.

Skillman is serving her second term as the 50th Lt. Governor of Indiana. She also serves as Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development under the state's Department of Agriculture and Office of Rural Affairs. In her role as Secretary of Agriculture, she also oversees the Indiana State Board of Animal Health.

At the Farm-City Symposium, a panel of experts will be discussing farm animal care issues with the program beginning at 10:30 a.m. Panel members include:

• Mike Bumgarner, vice president, Center for Food & Animal Issues, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
• Malcolm DeKryger, chairman, Indiana Pork Advisory Coalition
• Roger Berry, field director, Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska
• John Aleshire, executive director, Humane Society of Indianapolis

The Symposium segment from 11 a.m. to noon EST will be broadcast live on the nationally syndicated radio show, AgriTalk, hosted by noted farm broadcaster and Farm-City Council member Mike Adams. You can listen to the AgriTalk program live through their website.

The public is invited to attend both the Farm-City Symposium and Kickoff Luncheon as individual attendees or as part of a corporate sponsorship program. For more information, go to the Farm-City Council website.