National conference on farmland, food to be Lexington in October

The American Farmland Trust will hold a national event, "The Farmland, Food and Livable Community Conference," Oct. 20 to 22 in Lexington. The event will focus on land use and food policy.

State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and former Gov. Brereton Jones and his wife, Libby Jones, made the announcement Tuesday at the Capitol.

"The leaders and experts at this conference will take on some of the defining issues of the 21st century: food production, food safety, hunger, and balancing the need to protect the environment with the need to provide a safe, abundant and affordable food supply to a growing global population," Comer said.

"This is the first time a national conference will bring together these diverse interests to comprehensively address the 21st-century challenges of agriculture," said Andrew McElwaine, president and CEO of American Farmland Trust. "The conference will encourage greater understanding and collaboration to support agricultural viability and vibrant community food systems."

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