Iowa Rural Power, the grassroots advocacy arm of Iowa’s electric cooperatives, was hard at work during the traditional congressional August recess to talk with delegation members and others about issues that impact our member consumers. We spoke with Senator Charles Grassley in Harlan and Albia about federal USDA budget cuts for programs that support rural utilities and rural development. We worked with Representative Rod Blum at a roundtable discussion about the upcoming Farm Bill focusing on the importance of REDLG funding.
In addition to federal issues Iowa Rural Power took time to congratulate Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey on his appointment by the President to a post at the USDA. Also on the August agenda was a visit from Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg to the Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative on their “Building A Better Iowa Tour.” Upcoming activities include the annual fall advocacy trip to Washington, D.C. and the Polk County Democrats Steak Fry.