Iowa Corn knows many of our farmer members were impacted by the derecho and will continue to fight for sound policy on crop insurance, as well as regulations and tools for cover crops and harvest management on behalf of Iowa’s farmers. Producers will find all sorts of helpful tools and information related to 3 USDA agencies – FSA, RMA and NRCS. As always, the best thing to do is call your local service center and they can walk you though any programs that might be right for your farm. Many agribusinesses and other partners have asked how to help farmers impacted by the storm, we encourage you to donate to the local emergency management organizations of the counties impacted, Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) the area foodbank, or to the American Red Cross.
Although 2020 has been a year full of uncertainty, know that ICGA continues to focus on policy priorities at the state and national level to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability. Now more then ever it is important we continue to encourage Iowans to purchase corn products, such as ethanol, corn fed meats, eggs and dairy and to get involved by joining ICGA.
Iowa Corn continues to monitor the latest developments and information about the global COVID-19 outbreak. To keep our farmer members, organizational staff and families safe, we have been following the Iowa Department of Public Health and the CDC guidance for our organization. To do our part to help “flatten the curve”, we have increased social distancing by moving to virtual meetings and have postponed or cancelled travel.
At Iowa Corn, our top priority is our people’s health and safety that is why we are allowing most staff to work remotely. Although your daily interactions with our board members, grassroots leaders and staff team should be minimally impacted. Please contact us as you always have by email, office phone (515-225-9242) or cell phone. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiry.
The Iowa Corn team continues to advocate on your behalf during this time of uncertainty. Along with the National Corn Growers Association, we commissioned an economic analysis of implications for corn farmers and assembled a Task Force to develop recommendations on recovery efforts and facilitate coordination along the value chain. This reports findings can be found here. We continue to be in close contact and work with our state and federal leaders to carry forward our farmer member’s top priorities. Congressional leaders and the Trump Administration have indicated there will likely be significant federal efforts to address the economic fallout of COVID-19. As part of this process, your government relations team is making sure that USDA and your elected representatives know what you’re experiencing on your farms. Though we don’t know what the future holds, we do know the economic impacts are being felt globally and believe together we can work through this challenging time.
In a time of great uncertainty and a struggle, please remember no farmer is alone. Resources are available for anyone personally struggling with this situation. You can find those resources here.
Thank you to those who joined us Friday, April 3 for the Member State of the Industry Farm Hall. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig shared his knowledge and insight on different aspects of agriculture in our state and the Iowa Corn staff shared expert insight on industry topics. Topics such as federal policy, market development, the USDA report were discussed and we thank everyone for providing great questions.
Thank you to those who joined us Friday, June 12 for the Member State of the Industry Farm Hall. Thank you Senator Joni Ernst’s office for the DC update and Ryan LeGrand, U.S. Grains Council President and CEO, who give an export and USGC program update. Iowa Corn staff also shared expert insight on industry topics such as the state legislature, market development, and the ethanol industry. If you were unable to join the Farm Hall but interested in the conversation listen to the call recording below.
Thank you to those who joined us Friday, September 18 for the Member State of the Industry Farm Hall From the Cab. Speaker of the House Iowa Representative Pat Grassley and John Hinners from the U.S. Meat Federation joined the call and we thank them for their great insight. If you were unable to join the Farm Hall but interested in the conversation listen to the call recording below.