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Iowa Corn Legislative Priorities for 2013

 
Posted Monday, January 28th 2013 @ 10am

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:

Budget:

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

Conservation:

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

Ethanol:

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

Livestock:

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

Regulation:

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

Research:

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

Tax:

  • Property Tax - Legislative: maintain agriculture productivity formula
  • Property Tax - Iowa Department of Revenue: oppose shifts to row-crop farm land

Transportation:

  • 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 www.iowacorn.org/policy

 

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

 

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