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Call your members of Congress

This week (Sept. 11-14) Iowa Farmers Union members joined nearly 300 family farmers and ranchers in Washington, DC for the annual National Farmers Union Fall Fly-in. If you weren’t able to make the trip with us this year, you can still help us deliver the message. THERE ARE TWO ISSUES WHERE WE NEED YOU CAN TAKE… Continue Reading

Take our farm policy survey

  Help us out by telling us what you think! As a grassroots organization, we need to hear from our members. This short survey of state and federal policy priorities will help us identify the issues that IFU members think should be at the top of our list when we are advocating for Iowa’s independent family… Continue Reading

Help us spread the word…

With the 2017 legislative session in full swing, we need your help reaching out Iowa legislators about our IFU legislative priorities. We rely on the grassroots advocacy of our members in the work that we do advocating for Iowa’s independent family farmers and building a more sustainable, diverse, and resilient farm & food economy. There are 3… Continue Reading

Farm Bill Listening Session

Family farmers, farm & food advocates, and consumers: Join the Iowa Farmers Union & the Center for Rural Affairs for a community discussion of our farm & food policy WHAT:  Farm Bill Listening Session WHEN:  Sunday, August 28, 2016, 1:30PM – 3:30PM WHERE:  Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th Street, Coralville, IA Our discussion will include: A… Continue Reading

IFU Summer Policy Forum

Please join us at the Iowa Arboretum in Madrid on Monday, July 25 for an important community discussion of farm and food policy in Iowa. WHEN:  Monday, July 25, 2016, 10am – 3pm WHERE:  Iowa Arboretum – Hughes Education Center, 1875 Peach Ave, Madrid, IA The morning session (10:00AM to noon) will feature: Update on… Continue Reading

Food Advocates of the Future

Food Advocates of the Future

from ‘voting with your fork’ to supporting policy change by Alice Topaloff Sustainable ag and foodie bigshots are constantly encouraging us to “vote with our fork” or our “food dollars”, implying that the first step towards a sustainable food system starts with our purchasing decisions as consumers. Recent transitions show that consumer choices have played… Continue Reading

Pesticide Drift Reporting & Testing Bill Updates (SF2290)

Please support SF2290 and an improved pesticide spray drift reporting system for Iowa farmers! SF 2290 does the following: (1) Directs IDALS to allow for on-line reporting of drift incidents (2) Directs IDALS to send samples collected in drift investigations to the State Hygienic Lab (3) Appropriates civil fines collected by IDALS in drift investigations back to… Continue Reading

Action Needed: Local Foods Expansion Bill

Legislators are currently considering a bill that would support farmer-led efforts to promote and expand local food systems in Iowa. The subcommittee for SSB 3142 is scheduled to meet Wednesday, February 17 at 10:30 AM. The development of local and regional food systems in Iowa has created an important economic opportunity for Iowa’s independent family farms. SSB… Continue Reading

Action Needed: Faster Results for Pesticide Drift Testing

This week Senator Dick Dearden introduced a bill (SSB 3125) that would vastly improve pesticide spray drift testing for farmers across Iowa. The current system for pesticide spray drift testing is outdated and inconvenient. When a farmer has been drifted on they are required to submit a report to the IDALS Pesticide Bureau within 60… Continue Reading

One Hundred Members in One Hundred Days!

In honor of our 100th birthday, we want to sign up 100 new members in 100 days! We hope you will join the fun and help us grow. Click here to join as a member today. Our 100 members in 100 days campaign is a member-driven campaign where we are asking our existing members to… Continue Reading

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