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. An extension of the 2008 Farm Bill was passed on December 12, 2013 that was set to expire on January 31, 2014. On January 29, 2014 the Conference Report on H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 was passed in the House. I am pleased that we produced a 5-year Farm Bill for the people of Iowa and all Americans so they can have the agriculture policy predictability they deserve. This was a good, bi-partisan effort and I am grateful for the hard work and efforts of Chairman Frank Lucas and my fellow Agriculture Committee Members. The President signed the final Farm Bill into law on February 7, 2014. I was honored to be a voice at the table for Iowans throughout this process and I will continue my work to support sound agriculture policy moving forward.
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.
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During my recently completed 39 county town hall tour of the 4th Congressional District, one of the issues that I discussed at nearly every stop was the importance of protecting the Renewable Fuel Standard’s volume obligations.
Congressman Steve King announces that the nation of Taiwan has signed letters of intent to purchase $3.6 billion of American corn, soybean, wheat, and beef over the next two years. The letters of intent were signed at a ceremony King participated in yesterday afternoon, and were a highlight of the 2019 Taiwan Agricultural Trade Goodwill Mission to Washington D.C.
This week, 79 of Iowa’s agriculture and business organizations released a public letter in support of President Trump’s United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA). Signatories to this letter included: the Iowa Farm Bureau, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the Ames Chamber of Commerce, the Iowa Biodiesel Board, the Iowa Corn Growers Association, the Iowa Pork Producers, the Iowa Soybean Association, the Iowa State Dairy Association, and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.
Washington DC- Congressman Steve King releases this statement and photograph following the presentation to him this afternoon of the “Fueling Growth” Award by representatives of Growth Energy. Growth Energy is the nation’s leading biofuel trade association, and the “Fueling Growth” award is the highest honor given by the organization to Congressional biofuel advocates.
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