The time has come. Iowa is one step closer to legalizing direct farm-to-consumer raw milk sales. “The Milk Bill” otherwise known as HSB 585, would allow farmers to sell directly to consumers without being licensed by the state AS LONG AS they only sold on-farm or through delivery arrangements made directly with the consumer. This WILL NOT allow re-selling or grocery stores sales or at farmers markets. This would be an enormous victory for farm-to-consumer rights!!!
The hearing will be Monday, February 13 at noon in the Judiciary Room 103 in the Capital Building, Des Moines, Iowa. The bill will first need to be passed by the House Judiciary Subcommittee and then will be passed along to a full committee. This step is critical!
I strongly encourage anyone who is able to attend the meeting to go. Your physical presence speaks volumes on behalf of all Iowans that support Raw Milk and cannot attend.
For those of you who cannot attend, please take a few minutes today to email the subcommittee members, listed below, and let them know that your family supports farm-to-consumer raw milk sales.
Richard Anderson, Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chip Baltimore, Vice Chair, email@example.com
Mary Wolfe, Ranking Member, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dwayne Alons email@example.com
Ruth Ann Gains firstname.lastname@example.org
Julian Garrett email@example.com
Chris Hagenow firstname.lastname@example.org
David Heaton email@example.com
Jeff Kaufman firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicki Lensing email@example.com
Glen Massie firstname.lastname@example.org
Jo Oldson email@example.com
Rick Olson firstname.lastname@example.org
Tyler Olson email@example.com
Kim Pearson firstname.lastname@example.org
Walt Rogers email@example.com
Mark Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Kurt Swaim email@example.com
Jeremy Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org
David Tjepkes email@example.com
Beth Wessel-Kroeschell firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a sample email from Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:
Dear Representative ____________,
I urge you to vote yes on HSB 585, to legalize on-farm sales of raw milk in Iowa. Raw milk is important to me because _______________ (include a sentence or two about why you care about raw milk).
I urge you to allow Iowa citizens to make their own choices about the benefits and risks of raw milk. Please vote yes on HSB 585.