Brian Depew directs the Rural Organizing & Outreach Program at the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons, Nebraska where he works to influence state and federal legislation to strengthen rural communities and family farm agriculture. Brian grew up on a family farm in rural Northwest Iowa. He was active in the operation of the farm when he was in high school and college.
Brian was a candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in 2002. At 21, he was the youngest candidate ever to seek state-wide office. As the Green Party nominee for the seat, he campaigned on a platform of local control for large scale livestock operations, local foods and renewed rural communities.
Brian has a Master’s in Philosophy from Colorado State University and an undergraduate degree from Simpson College with majors in philosophy and environmental science. He also studied rural sociology at Michigan State University.
The Center for Rural Affairs
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Infrastructure need for rural vs. urban communities