PROTECTING IOWA’S AGRICULTURE
David delivers for Iowa agriculture by fighting to end harmful government regulations like the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, championing legislation to keep our food supply safe, and help beginning farmers.
In 2017, David’s bill, the Securing our Agriculture and Food Act, was signed into law. After Iowa suffered the largest animal disease outbreak in state history in 2015, response efforts revealed problematic preparedness breaks in the federal government’s ability to communicate with stakeholders and react quickly to outbreaks. David quickly worked in a bipartisan fashion to ensure this situation doesn’t happen again in the event of agro-terrorism or other outbreaks.
David is also working to empower local experts and farmers to work together to protect water quality and improve soil health. David’s Water Quality Conservation Act and the WATER Act will allow for the most effective conservation projects to be implemented at the local level with targeted federal funding. Every acre is different which is why one-size-fits-all programs from D.C. don’t work and David is fighting for local control.
For his efforts to further water quality, the Nature Conservancy awarded him the Conservation Champion Award.
David has also championed legislation to address the high suicide rate among farmers across the country by supporting the STRESS Act which provides resources to address and educate those in agricultural communities about mental health challenges and assist farmers suffering. As Iowa’s only voice on the Appropriations Committee in Congress, David sits on the Agriculture Subcommittee and continues to advance important Iowa priorities.