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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 The current system for pesticide spray drift testing is outdated and inconvenient.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

Country of Origin Labeling

Congress Should Keep its Hands Off of COOL Until WTO Process Is Over After a long hard fight that Iowa Farmers Union was part of, family farmers and consumers won passage of the Country of Origin Labeling Bill in 2008. This is a good piece of legislation that let’s consumers know where they food comes… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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