JOHNSTON, Iowa — The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA), one of the country’s most effective, longest-standing agricultural associations, has released its final list of state and federal policy priorities for the upcoming year.
“Each year, ICGA members set a list of legislative priorities on both the state and federal levels by completing a policy survey, discussing at roundtables, and adopting policy at the Grassroots Summit,” said ICGA President Denny Friest, a farmer from Radcliffe, Iowa. “We value our farmer members, which is why it’s very important for them to engage in our grassroots efforts to voice their opinion on different issues and direct ICGA on policy priorities.”
2023 ICGA Priorities – State (Alphabetical)
- Conservation/Water Quality – Maintain legislative funding stream for Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, including Maximum Return to Nitrogen
- Ethanol – Obtain and increase funding for infrastructure cost-share program (Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program)
- Ethanol – Promote ethanol as a carbon reduction solution
- Livestock – Support existing regulatory framework for the livestock industry
- Taxes – Protect critical tax credits (Section 179 and biofuels)
2023 ICGA Priorities – Federal (Alphabetical)
- Carbon – Support carbon credit sequestration programs
- Ethanol – Retain the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), reallocation of unjustified Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs), reduce regulatory barriers for higher blends, and support low carbon high octane fuel (including the Next Generation Fuels Act)
- Farm Bill – Protect crop insurance
- Taxes – Protect critical tax credits
- Trade – Expand new and protect existing bilateral and multi-lateral trade agreements and protect/expand funding for Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) as part of the Farm Bill
“I encourage you to invite your family and neighbors to join ICGA, so we can fight together for agriculture. Your engagement and voice matter as that determines all our success,” stated Friest.
— Iowa Corn Growers Association