Four major Democratic presidential candidates have confirmed they will participate in the National Summit on Agriculture and Rural Life on November 15, at the Hotel Fort Des Moines, in Des Moines, Iowa. The event is hosted by the League of Rural Voters and sponsored by KUNI Radio. Senator John Kerry, Governor Howard Dean, Representative Richard Gephardt and Representative Dennis Kucinich have all said they will speak during the event's afternoon plenary session.
The League of Rural Voters and a host of other rural advocacy groups have organized the Summit to showcase new and necessary directions in rural economic policy. The morning program will feature workshops centered on agriculture, environment, trade and rural development policy.