US Senator Joni Ernst has received the endorsement of the Iowa Farm Bureau, who named her a “Friend of Agriculture” via the IFBF PAC, the political arm of the organization. 

Ernst, a combat Veteran from Red Oak, celebrated the endorsement and took to the opportunity to talk about her upbringing. 

“As someone who grew up on a farm in Southwest Iowa and spent my entire life fighting for family farms, it’s a true honor to receive this endorsement of the Iowa Farm Bureau.  Unlike my opponent Theresa Greenfield, who is supported by liberal coastal environmentalists advocating for policies that would hurt Iowa, I will always put farmers first.” 

Farm Bureau Logo courtesy of IFB Media Resources

Iowa Farm Bureau was founded in 1918 and represents more than 153,000 individual families.

“Candidates earn the Friend of Agriculture designation by supporting issues that directly impact Iowa’s agricultural economy,” said Erik Oberbroeckling, a Clayton County farmer and IFBF PAC Chair. “With one in every five Iowans employed in agriculture and ag-related industries, it is essential to have strong advocates for agriculture representing Iowa.”

Senator Ernst – Official Portrait

Iowa’s US Senate race is considered one of the closest in the country and rated a “toss-up” by the Cook Political Report. Recent polling performed by the AARP shows Ernst with a small lead but the tight nature of the race makes this endorsement even more valuable. The news from the Iowa Farm Bureau comes on the heels of another much sought after endorsement. Recently the largest small business organization in the nation, the National Federation of Independent Business, endorsed Ernst.

Ernst is running against former real-estate executive Theresa Greenfield.  Greenfield has received considerable criticism during the race for some of her decisions in business. In one instance, she personally signed the eviction notices that kicked out several small businesses based in a strip mall to make room for a large multi-national grocery store. 

In 2018, Greenfield attempted to run for Congress in Iowa’s third congressional district. However, after her campaign tried to submit fraudulently collected signatures, she failed to collect a sufficient number of new signatures to appear on the ballot.

Former congressman David Young also captured the Iowa Farm Bureau endorsement this week. No doubt a humiliating blow to his opponent current congresswoman Democrat Cindy Axne, who sits on the AG committee.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Iowa Farm Bureau board, county Farm Bureau organizations, and the thousands of Iowa farmers and their families this represents,” said David Young. “Agriculture is our heritage and a huge part of our economy here in Iowa. I have and will continue to advocate and fight for our farmers and rural communities.