Tell Senators to Vote YES for SF 2309
Support Legal Raw Milk Sales in Iowa
Senate File 2309 (SF 2309, formerly Senate Study Bill SSB 3126) passed out of committee and is now before the full Senate for a vote.
SF 2309 would allow the sale of raw milk and raw milk products from dairy farms direct to consumers on the farm or through delivery. There is a labeling requirement, and those purchasing raw milk and raw milk products may not resell those foods. Farmers operating under the bill are exempt from regulation by the State including any licensing, permitting or inspection requirements.
There are currently 44 states that allow the sale or distribution of raw milk; 38 states allow the sale or distribution for human consumption with another six states allowing the sale for animal consumption. Iowa is clearly an outlier; state law currently prohibits any sale or distribution of raw milk. All states bordering Iowa allow the sale of raw milk.
Your support for SF 2309 is critical. Lobbyists for the dairy industry and the health sector testified against the bill in the subcommittee hearing. Please do what you can to end raw milk prohibition in Iowa.
ACTION TO TAKE
Call and/or email members of the Senate asking them to vote YES on SF 2309. Calls are best. It is especially important to do this if you are a constituent of a committee member. Consider including in your message any of the Talking Points below. Click here to find your legislators.
1. Raw milk has a good track record for safety. According to at least one study, the number of illnesses attributed to raw milk consumption has declined as demand for the product has increased.
2. Passage of SF 2309 will keep more of the food dollar in the state economy. With the sale of raw milk being legal in all of Iowa’s bordering states, there are lost revenues.
3. Passage of SF 2309 would enable family farmers to make a better living. Raw milk in other states is often the product that first draws the consumer to set foot on the farm leading to sales of other foods such as meat, poultry, eggs, and produce.
4. The bill supports consumer choice. The consumption of all raw milk products is legal in Iowa. Instead of having to cross state lines to exercise their legal right, shouldn’t Iowans have access to those products from Iowa farmers?
WAPF will be sending out further alerts on SF 2309 as developments warrant.
Senators are listed online with their email address at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/ legislators/senate and you can click the Senator’s name to view their full contact information. The Capitol switchboard phone number is 515-281-3371.
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