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JOHNSTON, Iowa — The Iowa Corn Growers Association released its final list of state and federal policy priorities Jan. 9 for the upcoming year.

“Each year, ICGA members set a list of legislative priorities on both the state and federal levels by completing a policy survey, discussion at the roundtables, and adopting policy at the Grassroots Summit,” ICGA President Curt Mether, a farmer from Logan, Iowa, said in a news release.

2019 ICGA state priorities, listed in alphabetical order, are:

  • 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
  • Research: Ag Extension and Diagnostic Lab funding
  • Taxes: Protect critical tax credits (Section 179 and biofuels)

2019 ICGA federal priorities, listed in alphabetical order, are:

  • Ethanol: Retain the Renewable Fuel Standard and reduce regulatory barriers for higher blends
  • Risk Management: Protect crop insurance funding during the implementation and duration of the Farm Bill
  • Trade: Expand new and protect existing bilateral and multilateral trade agreements
  • Trade: Protect/expand funding for Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) during the implementation and duration of the Farm Bill
  • Transportation Infrastructure: Maintenance and upgrades to inland waterways system

The complete 2019 ICGA policy resolution book is available at www.iowacorn.org/policybook or in hard copy upon request by emailing corninfo@iowacorn.org or calling 515-225-9242.