As a supporter of the Iowa Farmers Union, I know that you understand the importance of using grassroots advocacy to protect and promote the interests of Iowa‘s family farmers.
That’s why on January 20, our members and supporters hosted a press conference on pesticide drift, and asked the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to strengthen its rules to better protect and support farmers who have been impacted by pesticide spray drift.
Looking at the farming landscape, I see many family farmers who are diversifying their production. Organic, fruit and vegetable, and other high value specialty crops are particularly important to beginning farmers, as they try to enter the farming profession at a time of record farmland prices and rising input costs.
But diversity in agriculture is put at risk when pesticides intended for one field drift onto a neighboring farmer‘s property. That’s why we’re asking for a set of rules and practices that will allow all of our family farmers to exist and thrive side-by-side. The future of family farming depends on it!
On Tuesday, February 3rd, we’ll be taking action on pesticide spray drift again at our Food & Farm Lobby Day by asking legislators to stand with Iowa Farmers Union and our petition to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to strengthen its rules to better protect and support farmers who have been impacted by pesticide spray drift.
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