Senator Joni Ernst visits ACREC to visit with dairy farmers as part of her 99 county tour of Iowa

99 county tour

Senator Ernst visited Allamakee County to meet with local dairy farmers on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Allamakee-Clayton REC as part of her 99 county tour. Pictured above (l to r): Arlyn Fossum, Mike Gibbs, Hollee McCormick, Senator Joni Ernst, John Molumby, John Palmer, Gary Kregel, Paul Foxwell and Mitch Schulte.

Iowa’s junior senator, Joni Ernst, stopped at the Allamakee-Clayton Rural Electric Cooperative north of Postville Friday morning as part of her 99 county tour. While at the facility, she visited with a group of dairy farmers from Allamakee County and surrounding areas.

During her opening remarks, Ernst noted that she had toured the Dairy Center at NICC in Calmar prior to arriving in Postville. She said, “I was very impressed with the center and its operation. I grew up on a livestock farm, but I am aware of the challenges that face dairy farmers as well as all in the dairy industry. As I am sure most of you know, I, along with Senator Grassley, serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee and, as a member, I try to look at ways to help with rural development ideas and trade issues in the dairy industry.”

Following her opening remarks, Ernst opened the forum up to those in attendance, assuring them that she would take their concerns back to the Washington.

When discussing issues facing area dairy farmers, the products being exported from Canada posed a major concern. Those in attendance noted that Canada has been undercutting other countries and the flood of powder from Canada has had a large impact on local prices. 

Read the full article in the May 9 edition of the Postville Herald.