The keynote speaker at SolWest 2007, coming up July 27-29, will be Benjamin Gisin, publisher of Touch the Soil magazine.

Gisin will speak on the sustainability of energy and food and how these concepts can find increased expression "inside of " and "outside of " financial capitalism.

Listeners will discover how economic clout at the grass-roots level may be more a matter of human energy and creativity than it is about money.

Gisin was senior agricultural approval officer for one of the nation's top ten agricultural banks. Since 1996, Gisin has consulted farmers and ranchers in their debt and credit challenges, negotiating some of the largest debt settlements between farmers and lenders. Gisin is author of Farmer's and Rancher's Guide to Credit.

SolWest Renewable Energy Fair will be at the Grant County Fairgrounds.

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