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Iowa Corn Shows Strength in Numbers at Day on the Hill Event

March 31, 2016

More than 100 Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) members descended upon the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 30th for the second “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.

“A critical part of our legislative success is the relationships our ICGA members have with their elected officials,” said ICGA President Bob Hemesath. “Our ‘Day on the Hill’ events facilitate 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 on the Hill efforts focused on the following:

  • Water Quality: long term funding for voluntary programs.
  • Support for ethanol infrastructure.
  • Support for research at Iowa State University including extension programs and livestock research.

ICGA members also took time to recognize and thank legislators for their bipartisan support of Iowa agriculture this session. “ICGA would especially like to thank all the State House and Senate members that supported the passage of the section 179 coupling bill,” said Hemesath. “We will continue to work with our state legislators and the Governor to support any and all legislation to create long-term and consistent water quality initiatives in our state.” Hemesath added, “ICGA also appreciates the support in passing the bio-based tax incentive for Iowa’s value-added agriculture industry.”

The next step in the policy development process will be the ICGA membership survey and roundtable meetings, which will be held across the state in early July. 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.

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The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is an 8,000-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.

For More Information:

Shannon Textor
Director of Marketing and Communications
Iowa Corn Growers Association
515-255-9242
stextor@iowacorn.org

Lisa Cassady
Public Relations Manager
Iowa Corn Growers Association
515-225-9242
lcassady@iowacorn.org

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