Iowa Ag Summit planned Aug. 5 in Des Moines

Trade, energy, sustainability and 2018 farm bill among topics

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CEDAR RAPIDS — It may lack the headliners who participated in the first-ever Iowa Ag Summit two years ago, but Summit Agricultural Group will host a gathering of state, regional, national and international officials addressing topics affecting agriculture Aug. 5 in Des Moines.

Summit Agricultural Group’s inaugural in March 2015 featured one-on-one discussions on agriculture and economic issues with the field of presidential hopefuls.

“The first summit created an environment for a serious discussion among candidates seeking to lead our country about the issues that matter most to Iowans and Americans: how to feed the world and ensure that we have the strongest economy in an evermore competitive global marketplace,” said Bruce Rastetter, CEO of Summit Agricultural Group.

“This year’s summit will continue that discussion with leaders from Iowa, the Midwest, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere who implement the policies that shape our current economic environment and the future we’ll live in.”

This summer’s summit will feature discussion of issues such as trade, energy, sustainability, corporate mergers, the environment and the 2018 farm bill with leaders including Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds — likely Gov. Reynolds by then.

For more information, go to Tickets will be available June 5. For ticket information, contact Jill Ryan at (515) 282-3000 or

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