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
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following photo and statement after meeting this afternoon with members of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. Representatives of the Iowa Farm Bureau were in Washington today to offer their perspective on legislative issues coming before Congress, including the reauthorization of the Farm Bill, the need for regulatory reform, and the importance of ensuring market access for Iowa’s agricultural products in international trade.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The EPA’s proposed new standard provides for production of conventional ethanol at the maximum of 15 billion gallons next year, in accordance with the statutory maximum. Unfortunately, the proposed RFS reduces the level of cellulosic biofuels to 238 million gallons in 2018, and failed to adjust the 2019 biomass-based diesel standard above the 2018 level of 2.1 billion gallons.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it is repealing the controversial “WOTUS Rule” (Waters of the United States) imposed by the Obama administration. Obama’s “WOTUS Rule” gave the EPA unprecedented authority to regulate the nation’s waterways. The rule had come under criticism from advocates for small businesses, farmers, ranchers, and private property owners.
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging California’s unconstitutional law regulating agricultural producers in other states. The case had been brought by the states of Iowa, Nebraska, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, and Oklahoma.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement announcing his committee assignments and subcommittee chairmanship for the 115th Congress:
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing his substitute amendment to the Continuing Resolution (CR) that would set the discretionary budget at the $1.04 trillion level and would include the defunding of fourteen major provisions:
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after President Obama approved Gov. Terry Branstad’s request to declare 19 Iowa counties impacted by severe flooding on September 21-23 of this year as a federal disaster area.
Washington D.C. – The entire Iowa congressional delegation today urged President Obama to support Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s request to declare 19 Iowa counties a federal disaster area. The declaration would make the counties eligible to receive federal aid for the damage inflicted by high winds, severe thunderstorms, heavy rains, hail and flash flooding and resulted in riverine flooding from Sept. 21 through Oct. 3, 2016.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Steve King, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Sen. Joni Ernst, Rep. Rod Blum, Rep. David Young, and Rep. Dave Loebsack sent a letter to Governor Terry Branstad supporting the State of Iowa in its response and recovery efforts underway for the severe weather and flooding event starting September 21st.