Farm and Food News

Census of Ag: 370,619 U.S. producers report military service

Conducted every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture is a count of all U.S. farms and ranches and the producers who operate them.

A question about veteran status was a new addition to the Census released last month. Here are a few takeaways:

Grants available to Iowa farmers

Grants are available for Iowa farmers impacted by the recent flooding. 

The Center for Rural Affairs is partnering with Farm Aid and Iowa Farmers Union to provide grants up to $500. Individuals must be located in an area damaged by the recent flooding and must be farmers.

“We are working together with partners to help farmers navigate the recovery process,” said Cora Fox, policy associate at the Center for Rural Affairs. “We understand the challenges farmers face, and want them to know that they aren’t alone.”

Protect your property rights

Our Unicameral Legislature gave first-round approval to Legislative Bill (LB) 227. An amendment to the “Right to Farm Act,” this bill is being sold as a litmus test in a divisive political environment. A vote against, we are told, is a vote against agriculture.

Don’t be fooled. It’s a false choice.

LB 227 is a bill to limit your personal property rights. Every landowner is entitled to the use and enjoyment of their land. When someone or something interferes with that right, you can pursue legal remedies. This is a last resort when nothing else works.

Have you worked with NRCS to improve conservation on your operation?

Conservation is a deeply held value for many of our supporters. This is why the Center for Rural Affairs engages on conservation policy such as programs managed by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Have you worked with NRCS to improve conservation on your operations? We’re interested in how the practices you have used or the practices you are using are working out.

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