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Ag Advocates Ask Legislators to Keep Iowa Farms 'in the Family'

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Thursday, December 20, 2007   

Des Moines, IA – Iowa lawmakers will be facing a long 'to-do list' when they reconvene in January, but 'job one,' according to Iowa Farmers Union legislative liaison Judie Hoffman, should be protecting family farmers. Hoffman says help this session is critical because every year Iowa's smallest family farm operations face a tougher economic situation.

"With fewer and fewer small independent farmers, it is important for the legislature to take action so that these farms are preserved."

Hoffman says there are several things that lawmakers can do to help Iowa family farms that wouldn't require extra spending, like reining in new confinement operations.

"That wouldn't require any money. Having more sales on the open market wouldn't require funding from the state."

While Hoffman expects money to be tight this session, she believes lawmakers may be able to find additional revenue through closing corporate tax loopholes to avoid subsidizing large livestock operations.

Promoting Iowa's rural renewable energy resources, providing more funds for water and soil conservation, requiring meat packers to purchase animals on the open market, and passing a temporary moratorium on factory farm operations will also be high on the agenda.


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