Previous Events


National Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference

Des Moines, IA – November 14 and 15, 2014

This was the first national forum on programs and services for veterans pursuing careers related to food and agriculture. All stakeholders from the agricultural and veteran communities were invited: non-profits, businesses, philanthropists, government agencies, trade associations, and educators.

More information on the conference is available here.

The Drake Forum: America’s New Farmers: Policy Innovations & Opportunities

Washington DC – March 4 and 5, 2010

The first Drake Forum included panel discussions on obstacles facing new farmers, the challenge of access to land, the availability of finance and credit, creating new markets and implementing the 2008 Farm Bill.

Johnston, IA- August 16 and 17, 2011

Rural Lands Rural Livelihoods Conference

Using Land and Natural Resources to Revitalize Rural Iowa- September 20 and 21, 2007

The Role of Law in Promoting Sustainable Farming and Rural Development: An International Perspective

Des Moines, IA- October 15 and 16, 2007

The National Workshop on State & Local Food Policy

Each September, the Center hosts a comprehensive educational event that explores unique topics relevant to state food and agricultural policy, The National Workshop on State & Local Food Policy. The workshop engages farmers, non-profit organizations, businesses, academics, and policy makers to share and learn from one another how the U.S. food system can be improved. The workshop offers an extensive line-up of renowned, expert speakers which has attracted participants throughout the U.S., Canada and abroad.

The 2005 National Workshop, supported with funding from the USDA Risk Management Agency, Community Outreach and Assistance Partnership Program, will highlight operational and legal issues related to joint producer initiatives including financing, ownership and risk management techniques. Additionally, the state partners of the 2004-2005 Drake-RMA State & Local Food Policy Project will provide reports about issues unique to their respective states.

Food policy council coordinators from Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin, and the Hopi Nation will share the impacts and outcomes of convening the many stakeholders in food and agriculture that would not otherwise have the opportunity to work together to research, develop and recommend public policy change.

Rural Attorneys & Agriculture Conference

Each year this conference attracts attorneys from across the Midwest to discuss recent developments in agricultural law.