IFU members participating in 2020 Farm & Food Lobby Day at the Iowa State Capitol

The Iowa Farmers Union is a grassroots organization made stronger by the ideas and participation of our members. When you join IFU, you give us a more powerful voice for the policies that you care about. IFU promotes our member priorities in Des Moines & Washington, DC, with a powerful & effective combination of advocacy efforts:

Our legislative policy and priorities originate with our members and are debated and voted on each year at our annual convention.

IFU’s policy book was last altered at the 2024 State Convention in Storm Lake, IA. Download a copy of the 2024 Legislative Policy HERE and IFU’s Special Orders of Business HERE. 

This document contains the official legislative policy positions of the Iowa Farmers Union and addresses a broad range of federal & state issues impacting family farms and rural communities.

In addition, our members have identified a list of priority issues that are the primary focus of our state-level legislative advocacy:

(1) Water Quality

Water quality is not only important to the success of our farms, but also imperative to the success of our farmers and their families. The legislature has taken some steps to improve Iowa’s water quality, but there is more work to be done because the quality of Iowa’s water is not getting better. Over the past five years more than 60 Iowa communities have reported unsafe nitrate levels in their drinker water and the clean-up costs for nutrient pollution is estimated at $4 billion. 

We support:

(2) Soil Health

Farmers rely on healthy soils to support their livelihood.  Strong conservation, regenerative, and climate-smart farming techniques build soil health and contribute to farm profitability.  Iowa should focus efforts to reward practices which build healthy soils and healthy watersheds.

We support:

(3) Growing Local Food Systems

We can build a more vibrant and resilient farm and food economy in Iowa by pursuing a policy of food independence, supporting the growth of diversified family farms, and investing in local, farmer-owned marketing & processing facilities.

Download IFU’s expanded local food talking points HERE.

(4) Protecting Farms from Pesticide Drift

We are committed to protecting our farmers from crop losses and injuries caused by pesticide drift. Farmers are experiencing more problems with herbicide-resistant weeds. Several states have placed bans on specific chemicals and others have adopted date restrictions for applications. Iowa needs to develop a systematic response to this challenge now to protect our farmers from tough market losses.

We support: