Rep. Boswell holds Farm Bill Listening Session in Ankeny

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John Crabtree,, Center for Rural Affairs or – Elisha Smith,, Center for Rural Affairs
Lyons, Nebraska – Representative Leonard Boswell will be discussing the 2007 farm bill and other rural issues with constituents at a Farm Bill town hall meeting held in the Oak and Maple Rooms of Building #7 at the Des Moines Area Community College campus, 2006 Ankeny Blvd, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 14, 2007 in Ankeny, Iowa. The town hall meeting is hosted by the Iowa Farmers Union and Center for Rural Affairs.
Farmers, rural residents and other concerned citizens are encouraged to attend the Farm Bill town hall meeting to hear updates from Representative Boswell on the Farm Bill’s progress to date and to provide input on how he, as a likely member of the House and Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee, can improve the Farm Bill as it moves forward.

“We look forward to discussing the farm bill and other rural issues with Congressman Boswell.  As a member of the House Agriculture Committee and the Livestock Subcommittee chairman, he is in a crucial position to improve the farm bill and ensure that crucial issues like payment limits and competitive livestock markets are addressed in the House and Senate Conference Committee on the farm bill,” said Chris Petersen, President of Iowa Farmers Union.

Participants are encouraged to comment on various policy topics including farm program payment limits, livestock market reforms, beginning farmer initiatives, rural economic development, beginning farmers and conservation.

“The House farm bill that passed on July 24th was a disappointment to most rural Iowans because it weakened payment limits and widened loopholes that the nation’s largest farms use to garner million dollar farm subsidy checks that they use to drive their smaller neighbors out of business.  In order to turn that around and secure real reform rural Iowans should let their elected officials know that they are not satisfied with the bill of goods that the House Agriculture Committee tried to sell them,” said John Crabtree of the Center for Rural Affairs.

The meeting is free, and open to the public.  No registration is necessary.  Light refreshments will be served.

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