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2013 Legislative Priorities List

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 1:46 PM by Iowa Corn

The Iowa legislative session just started and Governor Branstad gave his Condition of the State speech that included focusing on education reform and property tax relief. The Iowa Corn Growers Association would also like to add information about the upcoming session in their 2013 Federal and State Legislative Priorities list. These are both Federal and State level policy priorities for 2013.

In alphabetical order, the 2013 Federal-level priorities include:

Ethanol:
  • Support for retaining the Renewable Fuel Standard
  • Support for increasing infrastructure and higher blends for conventional cars
Farm Bill:
  • Pass farm bill and retain current structure and funding level for crop insurance/ Market Access Program (MAP)/ Foreign Market Development Program (FMD)
Research:
  • Support agricultural research for corn, corn products, and other crops of economic significance
Tax:
  • Depreciation, capital gains, estate, or other expiring agriculture tax credits
Trade:
  • Support for Trade Promotion Authority
Transportation:
  • Support for appropriations for Mississippi River lock & dams 
  • Missouri River prioritization of uses (flood control, navigation), implementation

In alphabetical order, the 2013 State-level priorities include:


Budget:
  • Funding for Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship/support IDALS budget requests (state vet, conservation funding)
Conservation:
  • Implement 'Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy' by increasing conservation/water quality funds
Ethanol:
  • Support new funding for E15 from renewable fuels infrastructure, oppose diversions to other fuels, such as natural gas
Livestock:
  • Support for the livestock industry and the existing laws regulating livestock operations
Regulation:
  • Support efforts to reduce or revise unnecessary/unworkable regulations for agriculture
Research:
  • Support funding for Agriculture-related research at Iowa State University (Ag State Proposal)
Tax:
  • Property Tax - Legislative: maintain agriculture productivity formula 
  • Property Tax - Iowa Department of Revenue: oppose shifts to row-crop farm land
Transportation:
  • Increased funding, including fuel tax increase for roads and bridges

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