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Iowa Updates: April 2022

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We are standing at the gateway to another growing season, and with it comes a whole host of changes in the life of a farmer.  When the gate of Spring opens, I find that the time for planning comes to an end and the moment for doing begins in earnest. In the spirit of doing, I want to get right to the content I wanted to share with you this April.

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Iowa Updates: March 2022

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We all lead lives that are busy in their own ways, so it makes sense that it can be difficult to engage in an extra activity, no matter how much we might agree with its purpose.  In my case, it is my job to be involved.  But it is also my job — and the job of organizations like IFU and PAN — to  encourage you to become engaged in these processes with me. This is why IFU holds lobby day events, and it explains why PAN sends out these state newsletters.  Each group is doing what it can to provide access and opportunity so that you can speak up and feel that your voice is heard.  Let me encourage you, once again, toward a life of engagement and a life that works to make things better for all of us.

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Iowa Updates: December 2021

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This is my second year working with the Pesticide Action Network during the end of year giving period that so many non-profit organizations, including PAN, rely on to make their work possible in the coming months. I have been on "both sides of the ball" now and I fully understand how everyone feels when they get yet another appeal for money. However, I also recognize that this IS the season when more people are willing to make a contribution. And, I have also learned that an organization that fails to ask for support will not get it.

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Unfinished business: Completing the chlorpyrifos ban

I was invited to the celebration and I wanted to participate. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had just announced that “it will stop the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on all food to better protect human health…” This is what PAN and many partnering organizations have been working on for years. Getting here has not been easy, and people are understandably ready to give a sigh of relief and enjoy the feeling of a job well done.

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