Through the policy process at the annual meeting in January, the Iowa State Dairy Association set their 2018 legislative priorities. The priorities consisted of two funding priorities and one policy priority.
It is extremely important for ISDA to maintain a high standard of quality of its milk product within the industry. Therefore for years the association has been adamantly opposed to the introduction of raw milk in the state of Iowa, recognizing that the contaminated raw milk that causes harm to an individual could be a detriment to all milk production in the state.
ISDA was also heavily involved in defeating three raw milk bills that were introduced in the House Local Government Committee:
ISDA used facts and data to educate legislators about the seriousness of allowing raw milk sales in Iowa and it still took three weeks to defeat the bills. Most surprising were the legislators located in the middle of diary production areas in Iowa who were unconvinced that raw milk, and more specifically a raw milk illness, could harm the industry. Dairy farmers need to take time during the interim to talk to their legislators about the importance of keeping the dairy industry strong and Iowa milk safe.