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.
More on Agriculture and Energy
Legislation Recovers Volume Lost to Waivers by Increasing RFS Requirement Gallon -for-Gallon
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King releases this statement following his introduction of two bills that are designed to protect the volume requirements in the Renewable Fuels Standard from being undermined by the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of controversial “small refinery exemptions.”
Federal Disaster Relief Legislation Signed into Law by President Trump Today
“I am grateful for this rule change because year-round E15 will promote greater use of ethanol and it will strengthen our important biofuels industry.”
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King releases this statement applauding the passage of House legislation that contains funding for communities throughout the Midwest that have been affected by severe flooding in the region. The legislation passed the House today on a vote of 257-150, with Congressman King voting in favor of it.
Floor Speech Highlights Extent of Flood Disasters in Midwestern States
35 Members of Congress seek end to SRE’s and reallocation of previously waived gallons
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King issues the following statement in support of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s effort to highlight the harm being done to the Renewable Fuels Standard by “small refinery exemptions” granted by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Congressman Steve King is releasing a copy of a letter he sent to President Trump this morning in which Congressman King requests that the President “expeditiously approve” Iowa’s request for a major disaster declaration related to recent severe flooding. Iowa’s disaster declaration request comes in response to severe weather beginning on March 12 that produced flooding which caused significant damage throughout the state.
Important State and Federal Flood Resources Available on King’s Congressional Website
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King releases this statement following the announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency is issuing a proposed rule that will allow for the year round sale of E15. The proposed rule allows for the sale of E15 blended gasoline over summer months (June 1st thru September 15th), reversing a thirty year old ban on sales during that period.