Making their case at the Capitol

Kristin and Sherwin Plate
Mahaska County Farm Bureau members Kristin and Sherwin Plate talk with Sen. Ken Rozenboom during a Farm Bureau visit to the Iowa Legislature. The Plates and other Farm Bureau members urged lawmakers to move funding for mental health services away from property taxes and to consider incentives to boost the number of food animal vets and a driving permit for 14 and a half year olds working on farms. PHOTO / GARY FANDEL

Farm Bureau members from every corner of the state traveled to the Iowa Capitol last week and visited face-to-face with their lawmakers to build support for the organization’s key issues during the 2020 session.

The approximately 170 members urged legislators to shift the responsibility for funding for mental health services away from property taxpayers and to the state budget. The members also asked lawmakers to support incentive programs designed to increase the number of food animal veterinarians in Iowa and to approve measures that would create a driving permit for young people age 14 and a half and older who work on farms.

The state’s system of funding mental health services with...

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