This post describes the history related to a visit to Bear Creek Meeting by a North Korean agricultural delegation in 2001. There will be meetings this weekend with American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) staff to see if we can arrange another visit by North Koreans.
I just wrote about the current interest in the idea of “farm diplomacy” after a couple of editorials were published in the Des Moines Register. Sept. 1, 2017, Kenneth M Quinn, President of the World Food Prize suggested inviting a North Korean delegation to visit the United States as a way of easing tensions. In 1959 the Des Moines Register invited Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to come to Iowa to discuss agricultural practices. The Register’s Lauren Soth won a Pulitzer Prize in 1956 for that editorial, in part because Khrushchev accepted the offer.
Then Jon Krieg, of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Des Moines, shared the story at the bottom of this with Des Moines Register editor, Lynn Hicks, about AFSC hosting a North Korean agricultural delegation’s visit to Iowa in 2001. October 5, 2017, the Register published the editorial Could North Korea’s Kim visit Iowa, as…
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