Posted on January 17, 2020 at 11:40 AM by Iowa Corn
Happy New Year!
With the new year comes a new Iowa legislative session at the capital in Des Moines. Governor Reynolds gave her “Condition of the State” address to legislators on January 14. She outlined her Invest in Iowa Act which proposes to raise the sales tax to lower other taxes and invest in water quality. Below are some of the details or click here for more information.
· Raise the sales tax 1% but be revenue neutral with other tax cuts
o Cut income taxes
o Reduce property tax burden
· Fund the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund
o Amend the formula to increase the funding allocation for water quality
§ $100 million per year to water quality, a 31% increase in current funding
§ $52 million for conservation and outdoor recreation, a 14.6% increase
In cost share program news, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign up is open until February 28. This is a great opportunity to get paid for environmental benefits while retiring unproductive land. Click here for more information. The deadline for the crop insurance discounts for cover crops has been extended to January 31. Click here for the press release.
Finally, be sure to find Iowa Corn at these and other events this winter:
· Attend one of our two seminars at the Iowa Power Farming Show on January 28-29 at 11 am featuring tenants and landowners discussing how they work together to implement conservation practices that benefit both parties. The seminars will be followed by free lunch and networking. Email me for free admission tickets!
· Check out all the events listed below or visit the Iowa Corn calendar.
January 23 Crop Advantage Series, Atlantic
January 24 North Raccoon Watershed Meeting, Adel
January 28 Crop Advantage Series, Coralville
January 28 Soil Testing Workshop, Winterset
January 28 Soil Sessions, Webinar
January 28-30 Iowa Power Farming Show, Des Moines
January 29 Soil Testing Workshop, Humboldt
January 29 Crop Advantage Series, Le Mars
January 30 Crop Advantage Series, Denison
January 31 Soil Testing Workshop, Fairfield
February 4 Soil Testing Workshop, Osage
February 5 Water Quality Chat with Secretary Naig, Webinar
February 7 Soil Testing Workshop, Brooklyn
February 11-12 Agribusiness Showcase, Des Moines
February 13 Soil Testing Workshop, Monticello
February 13 Soil Testing Workshop, Mt Ayr
February 18 Soil Testing Workshop, Tripoli
February 19 Soil Testing Workshop, Gowrie
February 19 Soil Testing Workshop, Greenfield
February 20 Soil Testing Workshop, Castana
February 21 Soil Testing Workshop, Knoxville
February 21 Pollinator Workshop, Muscatine
February 25 Soil Health Workshop, Peosta
February 26 Soil Health Workshop, Cedar Rapids
February 26 Nutrient Research Center Seminar, Ames & online
Farmer to Farmer video
Farmer to Farmer: Making the Most of Your Most Valuable Asset
Iowa Corn’s seminars at the Iowa Power Farming Show are January 28 & 29 at 11 am in Mezzanine Meeting Room #2. Check out the highlights from last year’s seminar where Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, Stu Swanson of Wright County, and Doug Adams of Humboldt County discussed 4R Plus and making conservation pay.