Regenerative Agriculture Lunch & Learn Webinar Series 

Join us as we hear how Iowa farmers and professionals are connecting regenerative agriculture practices with Iowa operations, all while positively 

Thursday, July 15  from 12:30 – 1 pm CT Leveling the Playing Field: An Update on Anti-Consolidation Policy
 
Last week President Biden signed an executive order aimed at promoting competition and fairness throughout the economy. Farmers Union identifies this as a major step in addressing agriculture consolidation and leveling the playing field for farmers.

Mike Stranz, Vice President of Advocacy at the National Farmers Union will walk us through the details of what these policy changes mean for consolidation in the agriculture industry. Stranz will discuss how the legislation addresses the Packers and Stockyards Act, Product of USA labeling, local/regional processing, as well as banking and rural hospitals.
 

Thursday, July 22  from 12:30 – 1 pm CT Lunch & Learn – President Biden wants 30% of US land to be protected by 2030; USDA says no land will be taken from farmers
 
The 30 by 30 plan is the federal push to conserve 30% of U.S. lands and waters by the year 2030. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, right now about 12% of the land in the U.S. is in conservation.

Within the next 10 years, the federal government hopes to transition nearly 440 million acres into federal protection. This would mean that a landform around the size of Texas must be a part of a conservation plan by 2030. 

What does this mean for farmers?

Join us for this discussion with John Hansen, President of the Nebraska Farmers Union.
 

Thursday, July 29  from 12:30 – 1 pm CT Lunch & Learn – Has Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy Worked?
 
Join us for a discussion with Neil Hamilton, professor emeritus Drake Agricultural Law Center, and Dallas County Soil & Water Conservation District.

The Nutrient Reduction Strategy plan to reduce water pollution and decrease the number of Iowa’s impaired waterways has always been voluntary. It has also never had metrics or measurable benchmarks to evaluate its effectiveness. According to the Iowa DNR, the number of impaired or polluted waterways continues to increase. Perhaps it’s time to evaluate the effectiveness of the strategy and make some meaningful changes.

What can be done?
 

Saturday, July 31  from 4:30 – 6:30 pm CT IFU Member Potluck Barn Party 
 
Iowa Farmers Union will be hosting its 3rd Annual Members Potluck Barn Party on Saturday, July 31. The festivities begin at 4:30 at the BIG OAK BARN in Elkhart. (See map below.) The event is FREE to all IFU members. If you want to attend but aren’t a member, you will be required to become a member at the barn door entry for the cost of $20 (includes all family members).
 
 

 

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
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