Dordt College News

Sustainable Agriculture speaker at Dordt Jan. 24

January 17, 2006

Dr. Fred Kirschenmann, a longtime leader in national and international sustainable agriculture, will speak at Dordt College on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 4 p.m. in the Science Building lecture hall S101. His topic will be “Sustainability of Sustainable Agriculture: The Status of SA in the USA.” Anyone interested in sustainable agriculture is welcome to attend. Kirschenmann

Kirschenmann is a Distinguished Fellow and interim policy initiative leader for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University. The Leopold Center works to develop sustainable agricultural practices that are both profitable and conserve natural resources. Since his appointment to the Center, Kirschenmann has been a frequent speaker, engaging audiences to help shape a new vision for agriculture.

Kirschenmann earned degrees from Yankton College in South Dakota, Hartford Theological Seminary in Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters dealing with ethics and agriculture.

Kirschenmann was been a teacher, administrator, and academic dean at Curry College in Boston, Mass., before returning to the family farm in south central North Dakota. The 3,500-acre farm was among the first to be certified organic, with a natural prairie livestock grazing system that combines a nine-crop rotation of cereal grains, forages, and green manure. He continues to oversee management of the farm, while also serving an appointment in the ISU Department of Religion and Philosophy. In 1995, Kirschenmann was profiled in an award-winning video, "My Father's Garden," by Miranda Productions, Inc.

Kirschenmann was awarded the Seventh Generation Research Award from the Center for Rural Affairs for his work in sustainable food and farming systems, and in 2002 was named a Leader of the Year in Agriculture by Progressive Farmer publications.

For more information about Dr. Kirschenmann’s talk, contact Dr. Wesley Jamison at 722-6271.

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