JOHNSTON, Iowa — The Iowa Corn Growers Association held its Annual Grassroots Summit in Altoona Aug. 26-27, where ICGA delegates set the direction for the policies and priorities for the coming year.
During the two-day summit, 100 delegates in attendance reviewed expiring policies and debated new resolutions, according to a news release from the group.
Policies related to national issues can be brought forth at the Commodity Classic meetings in February with National Corn Growers Association farmer delegates.
ICGA’s delegates deliberated on many state issues impacting Iowa corn farmers, including these priority issues (listed in alphabetical order, not by priority ranking):
- Conservation/Water Quality: Maintain legislative funding stream for Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.
- Ethanol: Obtain funding for renewable infrastructure cost-share program (RFIP).
- Livestock: Support existing regulatory framework for the livestock industry.
Delegates also weighed several key federal issues:
- Ethanol: Retain the RFS, reallocation of unjustified Small Refinery Exemptions, and reduce regulatory barriers for higher blends.
- Trade: Protect/expand the Market Access Program (MAP) & Foreign Market Development (FMD) funding as part of the Farm Bill.
ICGA will release its finalized top 2020 state and federal policy priorities in December based on input provided during the summit.