This popular event was known as The Great Debate-and what a debate it was between Charlie Stenholm, a blue dog democrat who has served in the U.S House of Representatives for the last 26 years, and Barry Flinchbaugh, a retired agricultural economics professor at Kansas State University and farm magazine columnist.
Stenholm and Flinchbaugh
were discussing political issues that effected agriculture, economics, the food industry, and the farm bill.
, a highly opinionated and possibly outspoken man, came right out with his
views and spoke of the crisis we face in the future-feeding 9 billion people.
even went as far as apologizing to the young people in the room for the "mess that his
generation is leaving behind.