Farm Bureau Summer Policy Conference

Farm Bureau Summer Policy Conference

Iowa Farm Bureau members will gather in Des Moines August 30-31 to discuss farm issues and set the organization's policy course for the upcoming 2012 Iowa legislative session.

The 2011 Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Summer Policy Conference will be held August 30-31 at the Farm Bureau office in West Des Moines. The conference kicks off at 10:00 a.m. on August 30.

Voting delegates from each 100 county Farm Bureaus will gather to discuss and debate topics ranging from the Food Security Act of 2012 and flood control to renewable energy and fiscal responsibility for state and federal government. 

Leaders of all 100 county Farm Bureaus have gathered the opinions of their members on issues impacting agriculture and rural Iowa over the past several months. The Summer Policy Conference aggregates those ideas to form statewide policy for the 2012 legislative session.

Farm Bureau offers homegrown grill at ISU's Jack Trice Stadium

In other Iowa Farm Bureau news, it was announced last week that Iowa State University Cyclone fans will find some new, unique food items at Jack Trice Stadium when the Iowa Farm Bureau's Homegrown Grill opens this fall.

Located in Jacobson Plaza, the unique food stand will highlight Iowa's farm families and offer a variety of food options grown or raised by Iowa farmers.

Football fans will receive farmer trading cards with each purchase at the Homegrown Grill. The cards feature Iowa farmers describing their farm and include valuable food coupons from Hy-Vee Food Stores. "The Homegrown Grill will highlight various farm families and offer some different items for football fans from the standard fare while helping connect them to the farmers who grow and raise their food," says Sara Payne, Iowa Farm Bureau's chief marketing and communications officer.

Iowa Farm Bureau reaches its 2011 membership goal

The Iowa Farm Bureau has reached its 2011 membership goal with 154,423 members. The organization has now reached its membership goal for 10 consecutive years.

"Reaching our membership goal is really a testament to all of the hard work of our Farm Bureau members and staff who visited with their friends, neighbors and others about the value of belonging to Farm Bureau," says Joe Johnson, IFBF field service director. The ability of Iowa Farm Bureau to reach its membership goal for 10 straight years is a clear indication that the organization is strong, growing and vibrant, says Johnson.

Johnson says 2012 membership activities are already under way. He notes that new members who joined during the Iowa State Fair were entered to win a new Case IH Scout utility vehicle.

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