Iowa’s recent law designed to eliminate workers using false pretenses to gain employment on one of the state’s farms, has received another opponent. This time, Farm Forward has spoken out against the new Iowa law signed by Gov. Terry Branstad March 2.
“Farm Forward implements innovative strategies to promote conscientious food choices, reduce farm animal suffering, and advance sustainable agriculture, according to the group’s website.
“Undercover investigations are an essential part of reforming factory farms, but agribusiness is working to make them illegal," according to Farm Forward.
The Iowa law specifies that “A person is guilty of agricultural production facility fraud if the person willfully does any of the following: a. Obtains access to an agricultural production facility by false pretenses. b. Makes a false statement or representation as part of an application or agreement to be employed at an agricultural production facility, if the person knows the statement to be false, and makes the statement with an intent to commit an act not authorized by the owner of the agricultural production facility, knowing that the act is not authorized.”
Similar legislation is being considered for adoption in seven other states.