More than 200 Farm Bureau members poured into the Iowa Capitol rotunda last week to talk to lawmakers about issues they want to see addressed during this legislative session, including greater funding for road improvements and conservation practices.

"Urban legislators aren’t going to take up our issues, so we have to represent ourselves and get that message across," said David Fordyce, a Cherokee County Farm Bureau member.

The legislative visit was part of Farm Bureau’s annual Policy Information Conference, where members gathered to emphasize current policy priorities and learn about issues for this year’s grassroots policy development process.

Last week’s legislative visit was a good opportunity to follow up on issues that farmers have...