Rep. Boswell - Aug 14

Meetings with Boswell
Meeting with Rep. Boswell hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs and Iowa Farmers Union
Tuesday, August 14
6:30 PM, Ankeny, IA
Building #7, Oak and Maple Room
Des Moines Area Community College
2006 South Ankeny Blvd.

Listening Sessions

Thursday, August 9
2:00 PM, Grinnell, IA
Saints Rest Coffee Shop
919 Broad

Friday, August 10
10:00 AM, Vinton, IA
Java Alley Coffee Shop
213 West 4th Street

Questions? Comments?
Contact Dan Owens at the Center for Rural Affairs.

402-687-2103 ext. 1017
The House of Representatives, with the disappointing support of your representative Leonard Boswell, passed a farm bill that is a step backward. The bill raises the limit on direct payments and removes the existing limit on marketing loans.

As a constituent of Rep. Boswell, it is critical to urge him to reverse his support for mega-farm payment increases. He has listening sessions Thursday, Aug. 9 in Grinnell, Friday Aug. 10 in Vinton, and an Aug. 14 meeting in Ankeny hosted by Iowa Farmers Union and the Center for Rural Affairs.

Boswell will get a second chance to get it right as a member of the conference committee that will work out differences between the House and Senate bills. Tell him: Next time fight for family farms. Please make plans to attend one of these meetings today.
2007 Farm Bill Update & Thank You
You and your fellow Iowans have sent 700 letters and messages urging your Congressional delegation to fight for the future of family farming and rural Iowa. Thank you! You are making a difference.

Senators Harkin and Grassley are providing superb leadership. As Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, Senator Harkin is fighting for tough payment limitations, rural development, fair livestock markets and funding for the Conservation Security Program. Senator Grassley has reintroduced his payment limitation bill and ban on packer feeding.

But our work together is not done. The August congressional recess is the best opportunity of the year to speak face to face to your representatives close to home. Please watch your local media and our alerts so you can attend listening sessions, thank your Senators and urge them all to reject another farm bill that destroys family farming.

The House of Representatives' farm bill is a step backward. It raised the limitation on direct payments made regardless of crop prices from $80,000 to $120,000 for couples -with the disappointing support of Leonard Boswell and Steve King. The House bill sharply cuts the Conservation Security Program, the innovative program that rewards conservation.

The House bill also has some good provisions, including:
  • $30 million for Value Added Grants for family farms to tap high value markets
  • $15 million for beginning farmer initiatives
  • Funds for research/education to strengthen family farms and rural development
  • Loans, training and technical assistance program for small "micro" businesses
Thank you for your continued work and interest in passing a farm bill that supports family farms and rural communities.

The Center for Rural Affairs Federal Policy Team

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