Friday, October 07, 2016

Farm Foundation Forum Oct. 19 to examine food, agriculture and rural platforms of Clinton, Trump

The food, agriculture and rural platforms of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the subject of the Farm Foundation Forum in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

The non-partisan foundation provides this opportunity in presidential elections for the candidates or their representatives to focus on issues important to agriculture and rural communities. Foundation President Constance Cullman will moderate the discussion with representatives of the campaigns. Former Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor will represent Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump will be represented by ag adviser Charles Herbster and campaign Co-Chair Sam Clovis. Each will give opening comments, followed by questions and discussion with the audience.

The forum will run from 8 to 10 a.m. EDT at the Holeman Lounge in the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW. A free, live audiocast will also be available, thanks to Farm Credit. Participants in the live audiocast hear all the discussions and can submit questions. Audio from the session will be posted on the Farm Foundation site, which also has presentations and audio files from past forums.

The foundation says the forum is for people with an interest in agricultural, food and rural policy. There is no charge to participate, but registration is requested. Register here if you plan to attend in person; register here for the live audiocast.

Trump spoke by telephone Wednesday with directors of the American Farm Bureau Federation, which has offered Clinton the same opportunity. For an audio report from Agri-Pulse, click here.

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