Category Archives: IFU Updates

IARA Press Conference & Lobby Day

The Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture will be hosting a press conference and grassroots lobby day at the Iowa State Capitol on Tuesday, January 16. The event will focus on IARA’s call for a statewide moratorium on the construction of new or expanded CAFOs until measures are taken to adequately improve the Master Matrix and… Continue Reading

2018 Farm & Food Lobby Day

Join your fellow IFU members and farm & food advocates on Tuesday, February 20 at the State Capitol in Des Moines to talk to legislators about your support for independent family farms and the issues that matter most to you, your farm, and your community. 2018 LOBBY DAY AGENDA 10:00AM-12:00PM  Meet for orientation, legislative updates, and advocacy training… Continue Reading

IFU Hosts Cover Crop and Risk Management Field Days

Please join farmer hosts Ray Gaesser and Aaron Lehman, along with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and conservation partners for an upcoming “Cover Crops and Risk Management” Field Day on Monday, November 13, near Corning in Adams County or Tuesday, November 21, near Slater in Polk County.  These events will highlight the benefits of cover… Continue Reading

Food Safety Field Day for Fruit & Vegetable Growers

Food Safety Field Day for Fruit & Vegetable Growers WHEN: Thursday, September 28, 4:00-8:00PM (evening meal provided) WHERE: Buske Farm, 1550 Madison Avenue, Fort Dodge, IA WHO: Hosted by the Iowa Farmers Union, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, and the Center for Rural Affairs Please join us on Thursday, September 28 from 4:00-8:00PM at… Continue Reading

Farmers Union Announces Conservation Position Opening

The Iowa Farmers Union is excited to announce that the Farmers Union is seeking applicants for a Resource Stewardship Outreach Specialist. The Outreach Specialist will promote increased and more effective adoption of conservation practices among Iowa producers by introducing them to the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Resource Stewardship Evaluation framework and the Resource Stewardship… Continue Reading

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,, (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

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