Governor calls public drought forum

Governor calls public drought forum

Posted July 12, 2012


Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have announced that they will hold a two-hour public meeting in southeast Iowa next week on the severe dry and D1 Drought conditions that have plagued Iowa this summer.


The event will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, at the Mt. Pleasant High School gymnasium, 2104 South Grand Avenue, in Mt. Pleasant.


The public meeting will feature officials from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and USDA. Outside expert testimony will feature agricultural groups and environmental experts.


The discussion will include the latest information and tracking metrics, how coordination is being handled between the state and federal levels, and potential action steps that may be taken in order to ensure Iowa’s needs are met.


Iowa Pork Producers Association President Bill Tentinger of Le Mars will represent the pork industry at the meeting. Any other pork producers interested in attending are welcome to do so.


The public also is encouraged to attend to share their thoughts and concerns.