Anniversary Plaza, in front of the Illini Union, will be the setting for the PBS NewsHour special Tipping Point: Agriculture on the Brink on Wednesday, May 24th, beginning at 6 p.m. It will stream on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. The live event will feature Tipping Point executive producer and host Miles O’Brien with a panel including Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Cynthia Rosensweig of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Sarah Garland of the Triple Helix Institute, Andrew Margenot from U of I Crop Sciences, Illinois farmer Michael Ganschow, and Lauren Lurkins of the Illinois Farm Bureau.
There will also be several conversations with U of I faculty that were pre-recorded at WILL.
The 90-minute special “will explore the connections between climate change and the agriculture industry, the economic stressors facing farmers, the case for ecosystem stewardship as a path to more sustainable farming, and the challenges of feeding the world going forward.”
Community members are invited to attend, and can submit questions online prior to and during the livestream.