December Symposium Will Address Costs of Extreme Weather Adaptation in Iowa

Please consider attending a day-long symposium in Des Moines that will address the current and future challenges and costs that the state of Iowa faces in adapting to the extreme weather fluctuations it has experienced over the last several years.

Adapting to Weather Extremes: the Economic Impact in Iowa will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. It is sponsored by the University of Iowa Public Policy Center (PPC), the Iowa Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), and the Iowa Water Center.

Iowa Learning Farms team members Drs. Jacqueline Comito and Rick Cruse (Director of the Iowa Water Center) will participate on an agricultural panel with Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. The objectives of this day-long symposium are to:

  • Better understand the current and future challenges facing Iowa due to the extreme weather.
  • Identify some of the leading challenges to key sectors of Iowa’s economy affected by extreme weather, the costs of these impacts and how these sectors are mitigating and adapting to change.
  • Facilitate productive discussions among government and business leaders, policy makers and citizens about strategies for mitigating and adapting to extreme weather.
  • Generate policy options for adapting to weather extremes in Iowa

State government leaders whose constituents have been economically affected by extreme weather patterns will provide keynote presentations including the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, the Iowa Director of Natural Resources, the Iowa Secretary of Transportation, the Iowa Insurance Commissioner, and the Iowa Administrator of Homeland Security. Academic background on the topic will be provided by faculty from Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. Legislative and business leaders have also been invited to discuss the implications for future policy. The cost is $25 and includes lunch, $10 for students. For more information about the symposium and to register, please visit:

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