Forum to discuss local food innovation is Monday in Cedar Rapids

ISU professor to speak, followed by panel discussion

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Local food issues will be on the table at a public forum Monday.

The Linn County Food Systems Council hosts the Growing Local Innovation: 2017 Food Policy Forum, which brings in people involved with local food systems to engage with community members.

Keynote speaker Gary Taylor, an associate professor of community and regional planning at Iowa State University, plans to speak about integration of local food systems into community plans and policies, followed by a panel discussion on innovations in growing local food within the community. Panel discussion members include Anne Russet, a city planner for Cedar Rapids; Nate Pruett, a mentor for the Iowa BIG School; Stefanie Neff, Cedar Rapids Community School District health and wellness supervisor; and Scott Koepke, education director at Grow: Johnson County.

The event, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., takes place in Whipple Auditorium at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Ave. SE in downtown Cedar Rapids. It is free to the public. To see a forum agenda and to register, go to

The Linn County Food Systems Council, created in 2012, advises the Linn County Board of Supervisors on policies related to the county’s food system.

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