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