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Highland’s 26th Annual Boyer Colloquium in April

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Zoom presentation on farming and community resilience

FREEPORT — The 2021 Boyer Colloquium, ‘‘Water, Water Everywhere: Farming and Local Community Resilience in the Face of Climate Challenges,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 on Zoom™.

Highland Community College will host speakers Margaret Krome and Dr. Eric Booth to present on the impacts of climate on agriculture and local communities. The discussion will review the impact of climate challenges on farmers and the broader society to look at possible solutions such as soil health practices, regenerative agriculture, and agricultural policy.

“We are looking forward to bringing Krome and Booth to our students and community in a virtual format,” said Monica Pierce, Agriculture instructor. “Both of these individuals are extremely knowledgeable and have worked with agricultural communities in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois to improve agricultural practices and policy. They understand climate and agriculture from multiple perspectives and assist farmers and community members in making a change that is sensible, practical, and sustainable.”

Krome is the Policy Program Director for Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, Wis. She develops programs and policies which support an ethical and responsible agricultural system.

Booth is an Assistant Research Scientist for Hydroecology at the University of Wisconsin. He studies the interactions between water, land, climate, and humans.

The Boyer Colloquium, an annual event funded through a gift from the late Dr. M.E. Boyer, was created in 1994 to help students and communities understand the importance of the inter-relationships between ethics, economics, and ecology. The Boyer Colloquium Committee believes that if communities comprehend issues, the history of previous decisions, and ramifications of prior actions, they will be better positioned to make informed decisions.

The program is free and open to the public. For the Zoom™ link visit the events calendar. Call 815-599-3493 for event questions.