The flyer builds on achievements and highlights priorities


Five members of the Iowa Farmers Union made the trip to Washington, DC

Iowa Farmers Union members (left), Josh Manske, Hailey Summers, Aidan Struve, Aaron Lehman and Tommy Hexter pose with Rep. Cindy Axn (IA-03) (third from right) on the steps in front of the Capitol during the Farmers Union National Rally. (Photo provided)

NEVADA, Iowa — Five members of the Iowa Farmers Union traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to discuss state and national policy priorities with government officials. The trip was part of an effort by the National Farmers Union, involving more than 250 farmers from across the country, to bring the experiences of their farms and rural communities to life in the nation’s capital.

“The annual Farmers Union Fly-In gives members a unique opportunity to share our stories with members of Congress,” said farmer Joshua Manske of Algona, Iowa.

The Iowa delegation met with the agriculture policy directors of all six of Iowa’s elected officials in Congress, including meeting with Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst and meeting on the steps of the Capitol with Congresswoman Cindy Axn during the House session.

IFU member Hayley Summers noted the importance of direct advocacy. “Our voices are louder when we are united,” Summers said. “Fly-Ins help voters across the country share a centralized message with their representatives, amplifying the power of that message.”

All Iowa legislators are excited about the Farmers Union’s priorities, including the potential to further increase biofuel production with the Next Generation Fuels Act (S.4621 and HR 5089) and the opportunity to increase local and regional food production and marketing opportunities, written in The 2023 farm bill. Other topics ranged from Fairness for Farmers initiatives such as the Farming Right to Repair Act (S.3549) and the Cattle Price Openness and Transparency Act (S.4030 and HR7639) to the priorities of the Bill on farms, including strengthening the farm safety net to reflect higher prices and input costs and expanding ongoing disaster relief programs so family farmers can recover quickly from severe weather events.

On Tuesday, September 13, Iowa Farmers Union President Aaron Lehman was invited to join thousands of other supporters from across the country at the White House as President Biden celebrated the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), a landmark farm bill. conservation, among many other things.

“The IRA is the largest conservation investment since the Dust Bowl,” Lehman said. “This is a great victory for the priorities of the Farmers Union. We have long advocated paying farmers for their climate-smart contributions. Along with other USDA investments, this represents a tremendous investment and partnership in innovation for Iowa farmers.”

Members of the Iowa Farmers Union also attended a briefing with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. At the meeting, Secretary Vilsack praised Farmers Union’s advocacy on issues including competition initiatives, food system development, conservation and biofuels.

In addition, the IFU delegation took part in meetings with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), briefings with the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, as well as a White House administration briefing at the Executive Office Building. Eisenhower.

— Iowa Farmers Union The flyer builds on achievements and highlights priorities

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