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IFU annual convention issues set

By Staff | Oct 13, 2014

DES MOINES – Iowa Farmers Union 99th annual convention starts at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 31 and continues through 5 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Hotel Fort Des Moines.

The conference will focus on policies that put more money into market farmers’ pockets, how the organization can help fight livestock confinements, while creating an even playing field for small livestock producers.

This year’s convention theme is “Farmer versus Environmentalist, Building New Coalitions for our Farm, Food and Energy “Future.

The first day will gather beginning farmers for a social networking lunch.

Presentations for the afternoon sessions include:

A). Farmers’ rights under eminent domain and energy development.

B). The best and worst of the latest farm bill.

C). Fact or fiction about the EPA’s latest water quality rule.

D). The real scoop on crop insurance for organic producers.

Friday night’s festivities include a fund-raising dancing to live music at the Halloween Harvest Hoedown. All tax deductable proceeds benefit the Iowa Farmers Union Education Foundation for youth and adult education programs.

Saturday will include panel discussions.

Coffee talks with farm experts will include an array of issues such as voting on policy positions and will also include a keynote panel on what is in store for the next 100 years of fighting for the family farm.

Register early for the best possible rate by Oct. 20.

Contact Debra Bunk at IFU (515) 244-1194.

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