Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer visited Iowa Corn Growers Association® (ICGA) Vice President Jim Greif’s family farm on Wednesday for a tour and discussion about United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The Congresswoman represents Iowans in U.S. Congressional District 1.
During her time at the farm, Congresswoman Finkenauer stressed the need for trade agreements that allow farmers to access markets and provide them with stability. “I want a deal figured out, and we need to get it done,” she continued, “If a deal isn’t made come May, I’m going to ask for a weekly call with Lighthizer and deliver him the facts and numbers of total losses in Iowa. We are way past time on a deal for Iowa farmers.”
As Chair of the Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade and Entrepreneurship, Congresswoman Finkenauer recently brought corn, pork and soybean producers from the district to testify before members of Congress. “My number one job is to make sure Iowans have a seat at the table when decisions affecting their lives and livelihoods are being made,” said Finkenauer. “It’s important that Congress hear directly from Iowa’s farmers so they understand what’s actually happening and what the stakes are.”
“Agriculture is a low hanging fruit,” said ICGA Vice President Jim Greif, a farmer from Monticello, “It’s comforting to hear Congresswoman Finkenauer is fighting hard for all farmers.”
“We all want what’s best for Iowa,” said Congresswoman Finkenauer, “As Iowans, we want to be respectful, but we also aren’t going to be quiet.”
The visit concluded with Greif giving the Congresswoman a tour of his farm.
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