JOHNSTON, Iowa – January 10, 2012 – Governor Terry Branstad gave his 18th Condition of the State Address last week focusing on education reform and property tax relief for Iowans. Governor Branstad recognized agriculture’s contribution to the state’s fiscal health with mentions about new fertilizer plant construction and international attention with Vice President Xi Jinping’s visit and world-wide participation in the World Food Prize activities.

“Agriculture has kept Iowa financially stable and Governor Branstad recognizes the contribution and is committed to working with farmers and agribusiness in 2013,” stated Bruce Rohwer, Iowa Corn Growers Association President and a farmer from Northwest Iowa. “I think he stated it correctly in his address that Iowa is not only feeding the world, it is feeding the world economy.”

As the 2013 Legislative session begins, the ICGA will be working with lawmakers to promote policies and programs important to Iowa corn growers and to monitor any policy that could negatively affect farmers. In late August, grassroots representatives from the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) reinstated expiring policies and adopted new resolutions at the ICGA’s annual policy conference in Des Moines.

The following issues will be key ICGA state legislative priorities in 2012:


  • Funding for Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship/support IDALS budget requests (state vet, conservation funding)


  • Implement 'Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy' by increasing conservation/water quality funds


  • Support new funding for E15 from renewable fuels infrastructure, oppose diversions to other fuels, such as natural gas


  • Support for the livestock industry and the existing laws regulating livestock operations


  • Support efforts to reduce or revise unnecessary/unworkable regulations for agriculture


  • Support funding for Agriculture-related research at IowaStateUniversity (Ag State Proposal)


  • Property Tax - Legislative: maintain agriculture productivity formula

  • Property Tax - Iowa Department of Revenue: oppose shifts to row-crop farm land


  • Increased funding, including fuel tax increase for roads and bridges


“Our goal will be to work with legislators to reduce unnecessary regulations as well as provide support for initiatives to increase funding for transportation and ethanol infrastructure.” said Rohwer.  “To repeat Governor Branstad- This is our opportunity. This is our Iowa.”

The complete 2012-13 Iowa Corn Growers Association state and federal policy resolution book can be found online at




The Iowa Corn Growers Association is a membership organization, lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its over 7,000 farmer members.