|Iowa needs factory farm fighters to protect the people. Here are our picks.|
Here’s Iowa factory farm problem by the numbers:
- 760 impaired waterways — a number that grows every year.
- Over 10,000 polluting factory farms.
- And four State House seats that we need to flip in order to pass a moratorium on factory farms.
To solve our first two problems, we have to start by addressing the third. Flipping the Iowa House is the first step in addressing Iowa’s factory farm crisis. Our climate, our communities, and our quality of life cannot wait another election cycle for solutions.
Our Eight Endorsements Can Help Us Win Against Factory Farm Pollution
Food & Water Action has endorsed eight candidates for the Iowa Legislature. All are ready to fight for the people of Iowa and our right to clean water, healthy food, and a liveable climate. Most of our endorsed candidates represent swaths of rural Iowa — the areas hardest hit by the explosion of the factory farm industry and the consolidation of the agricultural sector. Farm Bureau and other giant agribusinesses are pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into these districts, and they’ve successfully managed to brand their vision of a “farmer’s” politician over past decades. They want to create an Iowa where politicians answer to billionaires instead of Iowans, where our natural resources are mined and destroyed, and where family farmers are left struggling while industry fat cats profit from their labor. But that’s not the kind of life Iowans want. It’s time we stop allowing Big Ag to tell us how to vote.
It will be a challenge taking on an entrenched multi-billion dollar industry. But rural Iowa, independent family farmers, and the future of this state are all worth fighting for. These eight candidates for State Legislature are here to join us in the fight.
Christina Blackcloud, Iowa House District 72
Christina is positioned to be the first Native American to ever serve in the Iowa General Assembly. She understands the threat corporate consolidation has on our food and agriculture system and will be ready on day one to push for the transformation of the industry so that it works for all of us, not just multi-billion dollar companies.
Sharon Steckman, Iowa House District 53
Rep. Steckman has faithfully served the people of Mason City for 12 years and is a fierce advocate for our environment. Since 2018, she has been the lead sponsor in the House on legislation calling for a moratorium on new and expanding factory farms. Sharon has also sponsored numerous bills to strengthen protections from the factory farm industry.
Dennis Evans, Iowa House District 50
Dennis has taken on one of the most challenging House races in Iowa, running against House Majority Leader Pat Grassley. Dennis provides the courageous and necessary representation Iowans need in order to protect our water, air, and soil from the harms of corporate agriculture.
Selden Spencer, Iowa House District 49
Selden has been a longtime supporter of climate and environmental justice. As a neurologist, Selden has improved the lives of his patients. Now, as a House candidate, he’s ready to enact policies to improve the lives of all Iowans.
Jack Friend, Iowa House District 48
Jack has bold and action-oriented plans to protect both our environment and independent family farmers. Jack is an advocate for a food and farm system that is sustainable, humane, and safe. With his vision, Iowa can turn the right corner.
Sam Muhr, Iowa House District 12
Sam has the leadership and listening skills that Iowans deserve. Living in Exira, she has witnessed the decline of rural Iowa firsthand due to the consolidation of our agricultural sector. Sam is prepared to make transformative changes to protect and restore our rural communities, environment, and farm system.
Pam Jochum, Iowa Senate District 50
Sen. Jochum has served the people of Dubuque since 1992. Her experience is a valuable asset to the General Assembly. Pam’s record packs a punch — she’s a true representative of the people. She answers to her constituents, not Big Ag. Pam is an environmental advocate and has supported a moratorium on factory farms for several years. We need her voice in the Senate to push a moratorium forward.
Cindy Paschen, Iowa Senate District 24
Cindy has always been a strong voice for what is right. As a rural property owner observing the expansion of industrial agriculture all across Iowa, she stands against the corporate-owned factory farm industry. Cindy will be a fierce defender for sustainable agricultural practices, the livelihoods of family farmers, and Iowa’s water.
Our Local Endorsements To Fight Factory Farms In Greene County
Since change comes from the bottom up, Food & Water Action has also endorsed on the local level in the Greene County Board of Supervisors race. Chris Henning and Ginny Showman are fighting for their community — ensuring all residents have a say in what happens in Greene County. They’ll defend independent family farmers and our right to clean water.
With these environmental champions, we’ll return power to the people and take Iowa back from the Farm Bureau. This is a critical moment. It’s time to elect representatives who will be responsive to their constituents, not giant agribusiness corporations. We are going to elect candidates who are ready to fight for everyday Iowans, thriving rural communities and independent farms, clean water, and a healthy future. Now’s our chance.