***Due to pending votes in the Senate this weekend, it is highly unlikely Senator Ernst will be able to attend Saturday’s town meetings. Senator Ernst will do everything possible to attend.***

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) today announced she will host town meetings in Osceola, Lyon, and Sioux counties next week to discuss the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in addition to other topics. These town meetings are open to the public.



Saturday, May 23rd



Osceola County

Cooperative Energy

1708 Pierce Ave




Lyon County

Rock Rapids Public Library

102 S Greene St

Rock Rapids



Sioux County

De Yager Student Activities Center in the Campus Center at Dordt College (map here)

498 4th Ave NE

Sioux Center


Representatives from the following offices and organizations have also been invited to join the town meetings (please note, they have just been invited and are not yet confirmed):

  • Senator Chuck Grassley
  • Congressman Steve King
  • Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey
  • Iowa Egg Council
  • Iowa Poultry Association
  • Iowa Farm Bureau
  • Iowa Turkey Federation
  • Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture


This week, Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack encouraging the department to ensure that resources have been properly deployed to Iowa to fight the ongoing outbreak of HPAI.


NOTE:  If you are a credentialed member of the media and plan to attend the event, please RSVP to Press@Ernst.Senate.Gov.