Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa

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Grassley to Visit Clayton County Dairy Farm

Feb 09, 1998


Grassley to Visit Clayton County Dairy Farm


Town Meetings Set for Cresco, Decorah, Waukon, Dubuque, Manchester, Independence


Jill Kozeny

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Sen. Chuck Grassley today announced that he will visit a Clayton County dairy farm at milking time while conducting a series of meetings next week to discuss a variety of issues affecting Northeast Iowa farmers, including the recent Agriculture Department proposal to reform dairy pricing and simplify the federal system.

From 5:00 until 6:30 p.m., on Monday, February 16, Grassley will visit the Century Farm of Larry and Liane Thompson in Monona, located at 21562 145th Street.

In addition, Grassley has organized meetings in Howard, Winneshiek, Allamakee, Dubuque, Delaware, and Buchanan counties to collect first-hand perspective from Iowans about a proposal released in January by the Secretary of Agriculture. The plan would streamline and make more market-oriented the nation's 60-year-old system of pricing milk. Grassley said he would use the input from Iowa producers who attend the meetings -- and from those who write to him -- as part of the formal comment he plans to make to the USDA on the proposed rule.

"I encourage all Northeast Iowa farmers to attend these meetings to ask questions and express concerns about public policy decisions that impact agriculture," Grassley said. Grassley serves as a senior member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, Chairman of the Subcommittee on International Trade and a member of the Agriculture Committee. The only working farmer in the U.S. Senate, Grassley helps his son operate their family farm in Butler County.