U.S. Senator Joni Ernst was in Manchester last night to discuss ag issues with Delaware County Farm Bureau members.
About thirty people attended the hour-long meeting at the Farm Bureau office, taking advantage of the opportunity to voice their concerns about the Farm Bill. Senator Ernst says she is focused on making agricultural stops during this year’s 99 County Tour to get feedback on how the government can do better in the 2018 Farm Bill. She told KMCH the topics brought up are many of the same concerns she’s been hearing elsewhere around Iowa.
Delaware County Farm Bureau members shared their thoughts on resolving trade issues, reforming welfare, modifying lending programs, expanding livestock insurance and easing the transition of farms from generation to generation. Bruce Nieman, who serves as the Delaware County Farm Bureau Legislative Chair, says it was a good discussion.
Delaware County Farm Bureau Secretary Randy Francois farms between Winthrop and Masonville. He also thought the meeting with Senator Ernst was very productive.
Along with issues surrounding the Farm Bill, health insurance was also a concern among the members. And it’s an issue Senator Ernst hopes to move forward with.
Ernst is optimistic as she gathers feedback on the Farm Bill and other issues, but says Congress needs to be spending more time in Washington to work on solutions.
This was the first time Senator Ernst met with the Delaware County Farm Bureau in Manchester, though members have traveled to Washington to visit with her before.
(photos by Janelle Tucker, KMCH)