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The Iowa Extension Council Association Board of Directors would like to invite all extension council members, extension supporters and senior-level 4-H members to our annual legislative day on Wednesday, February 19. Register online before February 12, 2020.

IECA and 4-H Legislative Day is an opportunity for participants to learn and experience the legislative process. 4-H and council members will meet with legislators, hear from Governor Kim Reynolds, tour the World Food Prize building, network with one another and participate in educational activities.


  • Open to county extension council members, 4-H members in grades 8-12 and Extension supporters.
  • Extension council members will serve as volunteer mentors for participating 4-H members.
  • Tour and participate in activities at the World Food Prize
  • Lunch will be provided at a discounted cost for those who pre-register


9:00 a.m. - Registration at the Wallace Building
9:30 a.m. - Legislative update and conversations with student legislative pages
10:30 a.m. - Visit with legislators at the Capitol
11:30 a.m. - Lunch
1:00 p.m. - Gov. Kim Reynolds; World Food Prize Building Tour
3:00 p.m. - Depart

Prepare for the Legislative Day

Participants will receive an email message with details a few days prior to the event.

Council members and 4-Hers are strongly encouraged to contact their legislators ahead of time to let them know you will be visiting on February 19.  We have provided a sample e-mail letter (for council members and for 4-H members) you may wish to use to initiate contact with your legislator.

You will also want to familiarize yourself with some impacts that Extension has made in your county.  Bring along enough of your county stakeholder reports for each of the legislators you plan to visit.  Additionally, you can find some quick facts about how Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is making Iowa Strong.       

Read the handout Effective Education to help familiarize yourself with effective strategies for talking with legislators.

If you’ve never been to the legislative day before, you might want to talk with someone who has been before to find out what to expect.  You can talk with a fellow council member or 4-H member from your county or you can e-mail IECA Executive Director Terry Maloy and board member Jayne Lupkes with your questions.