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, richard.anderson@legis.state.ia.us

Chip Baltimore, Vice Chair, chip.baltimore@legis.ia.us

Mary Wolfe, Ranking Member, mary.wolfe@legis.state.ia.us

Dwayne Alons dwayne.alons@legis.state.ia.us

Ruth Ann Gains ruthann.gains@legis.state.ia.us

Julian Garrett julian.garrett@legis.state.ia.us

Chris Hagenow chris.hagenow@legis.state.ia.us

David Heaton dave.heaton@legis.state.ia.us

Jeff Kaufman jeff.kaufman@legis.state.ia.us

Vicki Lensing vicki.lensing@legis.state.ia.us

Glen Massie glen.massie@legis.state.ia.us

Jo Oldson jo.oldson@legis.state.ia.us

Rick Olson rick.olson@legis.state.ia.us

Tyler Olson tyler.olson@legis.state.ia.us

Kim Pearson kim.pearson@legis.state.ia.us

Walt Rogers walt.rogers@legis.state.ia.us

Mark Smith mark.smith@legis.state.ia.us

Kurt Swaim kurt.swaim@legis.state.ia.us

Jeremy Taylor jeremy.taylor@legis.state.ia.us

David Tjepkes david.tjepkes@legis.state.ia.us

Beth Wessel-Kroeschell beth.wessel-kroeschell@legis.state.ia.us


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.


Thank you.

Your Name



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