Food & Farm Lobby Day
Let’s Talk About Pesticide Spray Drift

Let’s Talk About Pesticide Spray Drift

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.

We’ll be taking action on pesticide drift again at our Food & Farm Lobby Day on Tuesday, February 3rd. Join us!

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.

Will you join us? Click here for all the details you need to know to join us.

Take a stand for bees

Tell the President: #BeeKindObama!

Earlier this year, the president called on federal agencies to create a plan to “promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators.” To show appreciation for all that bees and wild pollinators provide, it is essential that this plan address toxic, persistent, and systemic neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides—which science has shown to be a critical driver of pollinator declines. The president’s task force is set to submit its recommendations to the White House by as early as the end of this week.

Tell the White House that we expect strong, meaningful action on bee-toxic pesticides when it releases its federal strategy in the coming months—it needs to suspend bee-killing neonics! Here are some easy steps for taking action:

1) Write out the hashtag #BeeKindObama on a sheet of paper; take a photo of yourself holding the paper, and share here and on your social networks

OR

2) Share your comments here on why President Obama should suspend bee-toxic neonics and also share on your FB/Twitter using #BeeKindObama