TODAY, January 23, 2020, a large coalition of residents and public interest groups will lobby at the state legislature from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in support of a moratorium on new and expanding concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), or factory farms.
Update: **RALLY IN THE CAPITOL ROTUNDA AT 10:15AM!**
The lobby day will include a large action with speakers that include legislators, advocates, health professionals, community leaders, impacted residents, and high school students.
With the 2020 caucuses just around the corner, Iowans are making clear that bold solutions to factory farming that is causing devastation across the state is a top issue among voters. As concern grows about Iowa’s well-known water quality crisis, legislators must recognize the role factory farming plays in pollution.
When: Thursday, January 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Wallace Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319
Who: Iowans are coming from all corners of the state along with spokespeople and organizers from Food and Water Action (FWA), Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (ICCI), and Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture (IARA)
Visuals: There will be a big action midway through the day as well as large numbers of advocates, impacted residents (available for interviews), signs and banners
- Rep. Sharon Steckman, D-Mason City
- Tatiana Schaapherder, High school climate activist
- Diane Rosenberg, co-founder of the Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture
- Chris Peterson, founding member of the Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture.
- Barb Kalbach, fourth generation family farmer and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund member
- Adam Mason, state policy director for Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund
- Emma Schmit, Food & Water Action Organizer