Sustainable Agriculture Leader to Speak at U of I
September 2, 2008
URBANA — How are land grant universities serving the public? How do the technologies and techniques developed by land grant universities contribute to the future of American agriculture?

Fred Kirschenmann, former director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, will discuss the conflicted and future role of land grant universities, including these polarizing conceptions of land grant universities and how we can move beyond them. His presentation will be at 4:00 p.m. October 13 in room 314 of the University of Illinois's Illini Union.

Kirschenmann has completed a five-year term on the United States Department of Agriculture's National Organic Standards Board, and has chaired the administrative council for the USDA's North Central Region's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.

He recently completed work for the North Dakota Commission on the Future of Agriculture, and was a charter member of the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society in 1979.

For more information, contact John Marlin (217-714-9301;

Kirschenmann's visit is sponsored by the University of Illinois's Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program (ASAP). Founded in 1998, ASAP promotes sustainability research and education to help farmers, students and society understand the benefits of sustainable and organic approaches.