Category Archives: IFU Updates

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,, (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

Join us for a new cooperative learning series

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for a new learning series hosted by the Iowa Farmers Union in partnership with the CHS Foundation: “Cooperating to Grow Your Farm” offers an interactive learning opportunity for farmers focused on how farmer-owned cooperatives can help you add value to your products, reach new markets, and expand the profitability of your farm business. From sourcing inputs, to building infrastructure for processing, to accessing… Continue Reading

Legislative Forum Schedule – Week 8

 SPECIAL EVENT THIS WEEK: Monday, March 6th, 10:00-11:00AM Room 103, Supreme Court Chamber, Iowa State Capitol Public hearing on HF 484 (formerly HF 316), a proposed bill to dismantle the Des Moines Water Works CLICK HERE to sign up to participate or leave your written comments. Here is a full list of the local legislative… Continue Reading

Legislative Forum Schedule – Week 7

**THIS POST WAS UPDATED ON 02/23/2017** Congress is still in recess for the President’s Day holiday through the end of this week – this is your chance to talk directly to your members of Congress and your local legislators about the issues that matter to you, your family, and your community. Stand up, speak out,… Continue Reading

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