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RML Hosts Author Robert Wolf

Agricultural CityRML will host a talk and discussion on Robert Wolf’s new book, Building the Agricultural City: A Handbook for Rural Renewal on January 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Building the Agricultural City is a call for collaborative rural economic development, addressed primarily to residents of the Driftless region. Wolf’s proposal calls for cooperation between cities and across county lines.

If, instead of seeing themselves as separate entities, the towns and cities of northeast Iowa saw themselves as neighborhoods within a larger unit, they would form what Wolf calls an “agricultural city.”

“We will continue to be hammered by the global economy,” Wolf said, “if we can’t put aside rivalries and work to build a cooperative, more self-sufficient economy.

“We can no longer rely on state and federal grants. We have to think like the people who first settled here. They built these towns and they did it without grants. We have to relearn self-reliance.”

Books will be available for purchase at the event. Please contact Robey Memorial Library at (563) 568-4424 or with questions.