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Ernst Meets with Farmers, Holds Town Halls, Visits Flood Damage, and More on River to River Tour

Stops in Hardin, Franklin, Wright, Winnebago, Chickasaw, Floyd, Bremer, Hancock, Winneshiek, Howard, Mitchell, Worth, and Cerro Gordo Counties

RED OAK, IOWA – As part of her commitment to hear from Iowans in every corner of the state, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst recently visited 13 counties to meet with farmers, small business owners, child care providers, boy scouts, and more. She also made stops in Sioux City, Rock Valley, Cherokee, and Spencer to receive briefings on the recent flood damage in northwestern Iowa.

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Iowa Falls Times-Citizen featured Ernst’s Hardin County stop in Alden, where she visited Iowa Limestone Company Resources to tour their calcium carbonate mine and processing facility.


In Wright County, Ernst participated in a roundtable with nearly 30 farmers and Iowa agriculture community stakeholders. They had a robust discussion on everything from the Farm Bill and trade opportunities to year-round E15 and foreign animal disease response.


As reported by KIOW, Ernst stopped by the MercyOne Clinic in Forest City and met with health care providers to discuss the challenges they face while working in rural areas.


The rural child care shortage was top of mind as Ernst visited the Head Start program in Charles City, the Foster Grandparents program in New Hampton, and the newly opened Sunflower Child Development Center in Decorah. The Mason City Globe Gazette highlighted Ernst’s visit to the Head Start program in Charles City.


At the Ingawanis Adventure Base in Bremer County, Ernst answered questions from campers and then visited camp facilities for swimming, rock climbing, ecology, and shooting sports.


Ernst held two town hall meetings for community members to voice concerns and ask questions about everything from affordable child care to the Farm Bill. KAAL TV covered Ernst’s visit to Britt. She also answered questions from constituents in Cresco.


In Mitchell County, Ernst stopped by the Sponheim family farm to learn about their cover crop business. She also paid a visit to POET Bioprocessing in Hanlontown to meet with employees and tour the facility.


In Mason City, Ernst met with local leaders and business owners to learn about the  Prairie Rock Bike Trail that is expected to expand economic growth in Cerro Gordo County.


Ernst also traveled to northwest Iowa where she met with local officials and  was briefed on the impacts of the recent flooding in the area. KICD caught up with Ernst in Spencer and KIWA featured Ernst’s visit to Sioux City.