Iowa Farmers Union hosts summer farm and food policy forum

Staff Writer
Tri-County Times

The Iowa Farmers Union (IFU) will host a Summer Policy Forum on Monday, July 25, at the Iowa Arboretum in Madrid. The event will offer family farmers and farm and food advocates the opportunity to get updates on federal and state policy, and share ideas for strengthening Iowa’s farm economy and food systems.

The morning session, starting at 10 a.m., will feature:

• An update on federal policy issues, including Farm Bill programs, food labeling, trade, the RFS, the organic checkoff and industry consolidation;

• A Farm Bill listening session, to gather feedback on what farmers and consumers want to see included in the next Farm Bill;

• A candidate question-and-answer period with candidates for the U.S. Senate and the third and fourth Congressional Districts.

The afternoon session, starting at 1 p.m., will feature:

• An update on state policy issues, including water quality, local foods, pesticide drift and CAFO regulation;

• Issue roundtables to share and discuss ideas for state and local farm and food policies that will support Iowa’s family farms and communities.

• A locally sourced lunch will be served at noon. Following the wrap-up of the afternoon session at 3 p.m., attendees are invited to stay for a pie and ice cream social.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, visit the IFU website, www.iowafarmersunion.org.