Congressman Dave Loebsack held a roundtable session in Wapello County Thursday afternoon to discuss the impact stalled legislation is having on Iowa's rural economy.On his "Investing in Iowaâ??s Rural Economy Tour", Loebsack is talking with farmers, residents and other leaders in the community about the importance of passing the Farm Bill and also about the water resources reform and development act. He says it's vital to get both pieces of legislation passed, but the process has been held up due to the political games being played in Washington.
â??Weâ??ll this is one of many meetings I'm having around the district in several counties Iâ??m having around the district in several counties over the course of a week and hearing from farmers, but not just farmers, but also folks who are concerned about the massive food stamp cuts, that creates a lot of food insecurity for some folks, so there are a numbers of aspects of this, but also it's the rural economy as a whole, whether it's access to broadband or those USDA Rural Development loans, whatever the case may be I want to hear about that," Loebsack said.
On Friday, Loebsack will be at the Appanoose County ISU Extension Office at 11:30 a.m., the Monroe County ISU Extension Office at 1:30 p.m. and the Jefferson County Farm Bureau Office at 3:45 p.m.