Agriculture and Energy
Agriculture, conservation and energy are all issues that are extremely important to Iowans. The Fourth District is one of the leading agricultural production districts in America and will lead the nation in egg and pork production and will be near the top in corn and soybean production as well. It will also rank first among all 435 congressional districts in ethanol and total renewable energy production. Agriculture is a major part of our economy and our communities in Iowa, and federal agricultural policy has a significant impact on the day-to-day lives of Iowans. All new wealth comes from the land, and we need to add value to those resources as close to the corn stalk and bean stubble as we can.
In 2008, as a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I helped write the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, more commonly known as the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill was set to be renewed in 2012, and as a senior Member of the House Agriculture Committee, I played an active role in the legislative process. I was disappointed with the outcome of the 2012 Farm Bill. After working with Chairman Frank Lucas and my fellow Agriculture Committee Members, it was disappointing that the House never voted on the version of the Farm Bill that was approved by the Committee on July 11, 2012. Ultimately, an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill was included in the 'fiscal cliff' legislation at the end of the 112th Congress, and the 2008 Farm Bill was extended until September 30, 2013. As the House Agriculture Committee continues work on a new, five year Farm Bill, I will ensure that the farmers and producers from the Fourth District have a voice at the table.
I also believe it is important that the Fourth District remain a leader in wind energy, ethanol and biodiesel production. In order to become energy independent, we need to increase the size of the domestically produced energy pie by pursuing an all of the above domestic energy policy. Doing so will help to decrease our dependence on foreign sources of energy, and as the founding co-chair of the Ag Energy User's Caucus, I work hard to advance legislation to do just that.
More on Agriculture and Energy
Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following excerpts from his questioning of the witness, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, at today’s House Agriculture Committee Hearing on the “State of Rural Economy.”
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Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after the Iowa House of Representatives passed House Resolution 123. The resolution requests that California repeal the unconstitutional law which limits the sale of eggs in that state. Governor Branstad has also joined a multi-state lawsuit against California’s action.
Washington, DC - Iowan Congressional, community, and civic leaders all gathered for two days of events culminating in the unveiling of the Dr. Norman Borlaug Statue in National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol building. The celebration of the 100th birthday of Dr. Borlaug commenced with comments by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, and Norman Borlaug Statue Committee Chairman Ambassador Kenneth Quinn.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King (IA-04) and Congressmen Dave Loebsack (IA-02) today led a bipartisan group of 118 Representatives in calling on the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, to bring up legislation to extend the current Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy, as well as the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). King and Loebsack have both been strong supporters of the wind energy industry and have fought to renew the PTC.
Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in response to the announcement that Governor Branstad is joining the multi-state lawsuit against California is necessary to nullify AB1437, an act which attempts to regulate interstate commerce by placing requirements on producers in other states. Congressman King is the author of the Protect Interstate Commerce Act amendment to the Farm Bill.
Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in recognition of Speaker John Boehner’s and other congressional leaders’ announcement of the unveiling and dedication date for the Iowa statue of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug in National Statuary Hall of the Capitol of the United States. This will take place on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, the 100th anniversary of Dr. Borlaug’s birth and National Agriculture Day.
Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement thanking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for taking necessary steps to alleviate the shortage of propane supplies throughout the Midwest. They have utilized the emergency authority of the Interstate Commerce Act to ensure adequate propane supplies are getting to Midwest consumers by directing the Enterprise TE Products Pipeline Company, LLC to temporarily prioritize propane shipments through their pipelines.
Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after sending a letter to Chairwoman Edith Ramirez of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), along with Congressmen Tom Latham, David Loebsack, and Bruce Braley, requesting the FTC review the current spike in propane costs in the Midwest:
Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting in favor of the Conference Report on H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013: