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 The current system for pesticide spray drift testing is outdated and inconvenient.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

NFU Strongly Objects to Anti-Family Farmer Provisions

Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (Dec. 10, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson and United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Danni Beer today sent a letter to the House and Senate leaders strongly objecting to three anti-family farmer and rancher provisions slipped into the 2015 Appropriations Act in the dark of… Continue Reading

Support local food

Food Safety Modernization Act Americans have until December 15th to provide comments on the Food Safety Modernization Act. It will include regulations for food processors as well as producers. According to our partner, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the FDA can “ensure good food safety practices without placing an unfair burden on family farms”. Last year,… Continue Reading

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