A Message From the Board President

Larry Shover

Dairy farming in Iowa is a significant part of agriculture in our state. With nearly 1200 dairy herds and more than 213,000 dairy cows, our dairy farm families bring value to all of Iowa. Making sure these families survive and thrive is important not only to the dairy industry, but to many other organizations and communities who greatly benefit from dairy’s positive impact throughout the state.

The views of Iowa’s dairy farmers on many issues affecting them at a statewide level are covered in this policy booklet. This grassroots organization of dairy farmers has prepared this policy booklet as a resource for you. We encourage you to read through our policies and refer back to this booklet when making decisions regarding dairy farming.

Iowa’s dairy farm families are vital to our state. Our social and economic benefits are keys to Iowa’s agricultural success. A recent study of the economic impact of Iowa’s dairy industry reports a per-cow per-year impact of $25,495. That means that Iowa’s dairy industry has an economic impact of over $5 billion dollars per year. We are 850 dairies strong and we want to ensure that dairy farming will be around for future generations of Iowans.

Larry Shover
Board President
Iowa State Dairy Association


A prosperous Iowa dairy industry that attracts a new generation of farmers and has a positive impact on local communities.


Iowa State Dairy Association is the unified voice and advocate for increased economic vitality of the dairy industry on behalf of Iowa dairy farmers.



The Membership of ISDA will continue to grow by increasing the number of Dairy Farmers to join ISDA and the retention of current Dairy Farmer members by showing the value of belonging and keeping them informed.


The development of intentional partnerships will be enhanced through efforts of showing Return on Investment by member engagement, policy development and cooperative efforts to move the Dairy Industry forward.

Legislative Action

The issues of the Dairy Farmer will be understood and supported by the legislature though the development of a legislative agenda that supports the economic growth and development of the state. Frequent, timely and concise communication on the Dairy Industry will be distributed to all Stakeholders.

2021 Iowa State Dairy Association Policies

Policy Feedback

Please review the ISDA Policy Book available below. If you have suggestions regarding current or future policy focus, please Contact Us.

2022 ISDA Policy Book

The Table of Contents for policies covered in the 2022 Iowa State Dairy Association Policy Book is shown below. The full policy book can be downloaded for review.

Table of Contents

Glossary of Abbreviations and Terms

Iowa Dairy Policy

Animal Health and Well-Being

Importing Livestock
Slaughter Law
Forage Quality
ISU Extension & Outreach
Iowa Livestock Health Advisory Council (ILHAC)
ILHAC Appropriations
ISU Animal Health Research
Foreign Animal Disease
Johne’s Disease
Stray Voltage
Electric Transmission Lines, Solar Energy, & Wind Mills
Drugs and Treatment of Livestock
Embryo Transfer and Ultrasound Pregnancy Testing
Ag Research Funding
Nonambulatory Dairy Cattle Slaughter
Animal Health & Well-Being
Veterinary Diagnostics


Public Education
Producer Education
June Dairy Month
Iowa Dairy Story
Post-Secondary Dairy Education
Animal Well-being


Environmental Issues
Manure Application
Iowa Environmental Protection Commission

Food Safety and Nutrition

Milk Vending
School Milk Program
Nutrition Education
Imported Product Safety Standards
Dairy Inspection
Unpasteurized (Raw) Milk Marketing
Genetically Modified Foods
Food Banks and Pantries

Market Development and Stabilization

Beef Check-Off Program
Dairy Check-Off Program
New Market Development
9-H Law
Farm Programs
Dairy Growth and Relocation
Renewable Energy
Supply Management Program
Risk Management
Producer Modernization Incentives
Beginning Farmer Programs

Milk Pricing

Vertical Integration
Foreign Competition
Federal Orders


Agricultural Technology
Rural Iowa Initiative

Product Standards

Somatic Cell Count
Minimum Standards
Dairy Products Identity
Dairy Product Standards
Meat Product Identity
Truth in Advertising


Eminent Domain Exemption
Labor Reform
Uniform Regulations
Separation Distances
Right to Work
Youth in Agriculture
Iowa Fencing Laws
Agricultural Structure Inspections
Infrastructure of Roads & Bridges
Waters of the United States
Property Boundaries


Property Taxes
Stepped-Up Basis

Position Statement on Labor & Immigration