Thursday, August 13, 2009

Rural topics on tap at environmental journalists' conference; Friday, Aug. 14 is earlybird deadline

Friday, August 14 is the deadline to take advantage of discounted registration for the Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Conference in Madison, Wis., which includes several topics of rural interest. The event begins with workshops on producing video for the Web and computer-assisted reporting on the environment Wednesday, Oct. 6 and continues with area tours, including one to an environmentally friendly mega-dairy, on Thursday, Oct. 7.

Vice President Al Gore will give a keynote address on climate change and take questions from journalists on Friday, Oct. 9. The first round of concurrent sessions includes one on the Conservation Reserve Program for farmers and one on mountaintop removal, coal ash and climate change. A group of networking lunches will include one for rural journalists, hosted by Al Cross of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues. After more concurrent sessions will come an afternoon plenary, to which Cabinet members and congressional leaders have been invited.

Topics of sessions on Saturday, Oct. 10 include ethanol, environmental enforcement, electric transmission lines, the local-food movement and the effect of climate change on agriculture. On Sunday, Oct. 11, author and farmer Wendell Berry will be among speakers disussing the legacy of Aldo Leopold, conservationist and environmental philosopher, at the Arboretum he founded. For more program information, click here. To register, click here.

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