July 21 from 12:30 to 1 pm CT
Lunch & Learn: International Trade and Food Sovereignty with Patti Naylor
Patti will talk about her participation in a mobilization organized by the global movement La Via Campesina in Geneva, Switzerland calling for international trade to be based on human rights and food sovereignty. As in similar actions beginning in 1999, farmers from all regions of the world came to Geneva to continue the demand that countries reject rules by the World Trade Organization and end Free Trade Agreements in agriculture.


Patti farms with her husband George near Churdan, growing organic cider apples, oats, corn, and soybeans. She is on the boards of Pesticide Action Network and Family Farm Defenders. Patti is also a member of National Family Farm Coalition and La Via Campesina. She is currently the Coordination Committee member for the North America region of the Civil Society and Indigenous People’s Mechanism with the United Nations Committee on World Food Security. Patti is also an essayist with the Disparity to Parity Project.

Saturday, July 23 from 4 to 6 in Elkhart, IA pm CT
IFU Members-Only Potluck Barn Party

All IFU members are invited to come together for our annual Potluck Barn Party. It’s free, and the atmosphere is family-friendly. Bring a dish to share with others and come enjoy yourself. We’ll have live music, awesome guests: Admiral Michael Franken, Ryan Melton, J.D. Scholten, and one or two other surprises! Plus, we’ll play bingo and bid on the silent auction.

The Potluck Barn Party is being held at the Big Oak Barn, 12806 NE 64th St. in Elkhart. There will be signs with directions. This is the same location as last year. Registration is required.

Sunday, July 24 from 7 to 8 pm CT
IFU Farm Bill Forum on Commodities and the Farm Safety Net with Mike Stranz, National Farmers Union
Thursday, July 28 from 12:30 to 1 pm CT
Lunch & Learn with guest John Norwood
Thursday, August 5 from 12:30 to 1 pm CT
Lunch & Learn: On the Farm with Francis Thicke
Sunday, August 14 from 7 to 8 pm CT
IFU Farm Bill Forum on Conservation
Sunday, August 28 from 7 to 8 pm CT
IFU Farm Bill Forum on Competition
Sunday, September 11 from 7 to 8 pm CT
IFU Farm Bill Forum from DC Fly-In
Sunday, September 25 from 7 to 8 pm CT
IFU Farm Bill Forum on Local and Regional Food Systems
Sunday, October 9 from 7 to 8 pm CT
IFU Farm Bill Forum on Crop Insurance

For more information about upcoming events, please email us at [email protected] or call Christina Dexter at (816) 738-5402. 

Iowa Farmers Union
PO Box 1883 Ames, IA 50010-1883
[email protected]