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Sen. Grassley Visits Asmus Farm Supply in Iowa

Jul 25 2022

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, visited the facility of ARA member Asmus Farm Supply in Rake, Iowa, on July 7, 2022.

Senator Grassley led a Q&A session with 22 members of the local community including growers, county supervisors, local IT professionals, bankers and AFS personnel. Senator Grassley also toured the Asmus Farm Supply facility.

Topics discussed related to the ag industry included:

  • rural broadband;
  • rural emergency response;
  • federal crop insurance policy; and
  • disaster relief policy.

"We enjoyed hosting Senator Grassley and believe he appreciated learning more about ag retail. We also involved multiple stakeholders from the local businesses which lead to a more broad discussion and really highlighted how many issues affect ag. It also showed that in rural Iowa, ag and ag retail truly need to work as a community."


– Harlan Asmus, owner at Asmus Farm Supply. 

Community Leadership

ARA members like Asmus Farm Supply are leaders in their local communities, and this visit by their elected official in Congress is just one example of that community leadership. Asmus Farm Supply is an active ARA member with team members taking leadership roles on the ARA Board of Directors, ARA's new Climate Stewardship/Carbon Credits Working Group, and other ARA Committees for Conference Planning, Member Services, Public Policy and more. 

ARA and its members know that when legislators in Congress see our industry's work firsthand, it impacts their work on Capitol Hill, helping to ensure the voice of the ag retailer is reflected in their decisions. 

Senator Chuck Grassley visited ARA member Asmus Farm Supply in Iowa to discuss issues related to ag and other areas with the local community.
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley met with ARA member Asmus Farm Supply in Rake, Iowa.

Host Your Elected Officials

Is your ag retail business ready to host your elected official for a tour of your facility? Start with ARA's Congressional Facility Visit Guide for best practices and step-by-step guidance. Complete with media samples to save your team time, this ARA member resource will support your company's proactive approach to educate elected officials and their staff about the value your business and our industry offers to its team, American farmers, and their local community. 

Download a one-pager of quick tips pulled from ARA's guide to get started. ARA members can log in to download the full guide. 

ARA member instructions for access:

  1. Log in to the ARA Member Resource Library.

  2. Under "Advocacy Resources" click on "Congressional Facility Visit Guide" to view the links to open and save the new guide to your computer.


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