Category Archives: IFU Updates

Statement from Leopold Center on Branstad veto

May 12, 2017 Statement from the Leopold Center regarding the decision of the Iowa legislature and Governor AMES, Iowa — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed into legislation on May 12, 2017, Senate File 510, a bill that included language to “eliminate the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.” However, he vetoed this segment of the bill, sparing it from elimination.… Continue Reading

Veto preserves Leopold Center, but without funding

May 12, 2017 – Governor Terry Branstad issued a veto message today for SF 510, the agriculture & natural resources budget bill approved by the legislature in April. The Governor exercised his line item veto to strike language in SF 510 that would have eliminated the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. The veto preserves language in the… Continue Reading

IFU Urges Veto of Measures to Eliminate Leopold Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 19, 2017 Contact:     Aaron Lehman, alehman@iowafarmersunion.org, (515) 291-2656 Iowa Farmers Union Urges Veto of Measures to Eliminate Leopold Center DES MOINES (Apr. 19, 2017) — Reacting to news that the Iowa legislature had voted late Tuesday to approve two appropriations measures that would defund and close the Leopold Center for Sustainable… Continue Reading

Thank you to our legislators who stood with the Leopold Center!

While we continue to speak out against the Iowa legislature’s disastrous decision to eliminate the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, we also want to recognize the time and effort of our members and supporters and the state legislators who heard our concerns and stood with us in this fight. First, a big shout out to everyone… Continue Reading

ACTION ALERT: Ask Governor to veto closure of Leopold Center

IFU Friends: Last night the legislature voted to send two appropriations bills to Gov. Terry Branstad that would eliminate the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. We need your calls TODAY to the Governor’s office to ask him to veto the provisions of these bills that would result in the defunding and closure of the Leopold Center:… Continue Reading

ACTION ALERT: Hearing on proposal to defund Leopold Center

WE HAVE A HEARING SCHEDULED ON THE LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL TO DEFUND AND ELIMINATE THE LEOPOLD CENTER! WHEN: Monday, April 17, 10:00AM-12:00PM WHERE: Iowa State Capitol, Room 103 (Supreme Court Chamber) WHAT: Public hearing on proposed budget bills for Agriculture & Natural Resources, Education, Judicial, Justice Systems, RIIF As you know, budget proposals introduced in the… Continue Reading

Legislative Forum Schedule – Week of 4/14

 SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK: Town Hall Event with U.S. Senator Joni Ernst Wall Lake – Tuesday, April 18th, 1:00-2:00PM – Wall Lake Community Center, 108 Boyer St, Wall Lake Town Hall Events with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley Sigourney – Tuesday, April 18th, 2:30-3:30PM – Keokuk County Courthouse, 101 S Main St, Sigourney Sac City – Thursday,… Continue Reading

Farmers Voice Support for Leopold Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 13, 2017 Contact:     Aaron Lehman, alehman@iowafarmersunion.org, (515) 291-2656 FARMERS VOICE SUPPORT FOR LEOPOLD CENTER IN FACE OF LEGISLATIVE THREATS DES MOINES (Apr. 13, 2017) — Farmers from around the state voiced their strong support for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, after the Iowa legislature moved this… Continue Reading

ACTION ALERT: Call to request hearing on Leopold Center funding

We need your help making phone calls today and tomorrow! Current efforts to defund and dismantle the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture are taking place via the end-of-year appropriations process, with almost no notice or opportunity for members of the public to weigh in. As all of our farmer members know, this is a particularly busy time… Continue Reading

ACTION ALERT: Legislature to Defund Leopold Center

AN URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT FROM OUR FRIENDS AT THE LEOPOLD CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: The Leopold Center has faced many challenges in its 30-year history.  Today we face another significant hurdle.  Late last night we learned that the Republican legislative budget proposal for next year would eliminate ALL state support for the Leopold Center. The… Continue Reading

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