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Dec. 20, 1996

'Closing the Circle: Systems Approaches to Research, Farming and Marketing'

Speakers from around the country will be on hand Friday, Jan. 3, to share their experiences on consumer issues, sustainable agriculture and decision-making during a series of three seminars.

"Closing the Circle: Systems Approaches to Research, Farming and Marketing" will feature Dick Levins, a University of Minnesota agricultural economist who recently completed a survey of land-grant university scientists on faculty incentives for sustainable agriculture research; and Bill Burrows, a rancher and teacher at Shasta College, Redding, Calif., where he has developed a "learning community" around coursework and a student-run farm.

Also speaking will be Laura Freeman, founder of Laura's Lean Beef, a Kentucky-based producer of lean meat that has won American Heart Association approval; and Anne Wilson and Earl Wright, leaders of the Kansas-based Tallgrass Prairie Producers Co-op, which markets grass-finished beef.

The seminars, sponsored by Practical Farmers of Iowa and ISU Extension are free and open to the campus community. For more information, contact Rick Exner, 4-5486. Following is a schedule:

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