More than 75 Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) members filled the State Capitol rotunda for “Iowa Corn Day on the Hill” lobbying event. This delegation included ICGA Board of Directors, county leaders and student FFA members from across the state.
“Iowa corn farmers from across the state are here in Des Moines today to share our policy priorities with our state legislators,” said Iowa Corn Growers Association President Kurt Hora, a farmer from Washington. “Our ‘Day on the Hill’ event facilitates those one-on-one interactions where we are able to discuss and promote ICGA priorities. It’s the dedication and engagement of our members which allows ICGA to have a strong, unified voice at the State Capitol.”
ICGA's “Day of the Hill” efforts focused on three of the organization’s top state legislative priorities for this session, including:
· Taxation: State coupling of the federal section 179 small business expensing provision
· Conservation: Long-term increased funding for the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy
· Ethanol: Obtaining funding for Iowa's biofuels infrastructure cost-share program (RFIP)
“Our highest priority is full state coupling of the federal Section 179 for small business expensing. This allows Iowa farm families to manage their cash flow and reinvest in their businesses which supports Iowa’s rural economy. A very close second for us is water quality funding. We will continue to work with our state legislators and the Governor to support any legislation to create long-term and consistent water quality initiatives in our state.” Hora added.
The next step in the policy development process will be the roundtable meetings in early July and the Grassroots Summit in August. These meetings allow ICGA members to gather together and discuss policy directions for the upcoming year.
To see ICGA’s full list of state and federal priorities, please visit iowacorn.org/policy.
The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB), works to develop and defend markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and corn products. The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a 7,500 member strong grassroots-driven organization, headquartered in Johnston, Iowa, serving members across the state, and lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its farmer members to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability. For more information, visit iowacorn.org.