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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Bipartisan legislation promotes free trade of Ag products between the States
I couldn’t be happier to make the following announcement: Congress has passed a Farm Bill that I fully support because this legislation meets rural America’s most pressing needs.
Cites Iowa State’s “Genome to Phenome” language; Full Funding for Trade Programs; FMD Vaccine Bank as key provisions in bill.
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, releases this video of remarks he delivered on the House floor this afternoon in support of the Farm Bill conference report. During his remarks, King specifically mentioned several of the important provisions he worked to insert into the legislation that will be of great benefit to producers in the 4th District.
Legislation contains important King initiatives
Do the farmers of your state sell eggs to California? Our farmers in Iowa do.
Do your farmers sell pork to the Golden State? Do they sell Californians veal? Again, the farmers in my state of Iowa do. I bet the farmers in your state trade in some of these goods too.
Because of this, you should know something important: California just banned your state’s goods.
Offers the “Kitty Rehberg Bill” as an Amendment to House Republicans Year-End Tax Package
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King releases the following video of his effort to amend the year-end tax package introduced by House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady. King appeared before the House Rules Committee today in an attempt to get two amendments made in order for consideration on the House floor.
President heading to Iowa tonight to announce year-round sales of E15
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following photo and statement regarding today’s expected announcement that President Trump will instruct the Environmental Protection Agency to allow the year round sale of E15. The President is expected to publicly announce his decision during an appearance tonight in Council Bluffs, Iowa. King has been invited to attend the President’s appearance in Iowa.
President Trump Supports Adding King’s Legislative Priorities to the #MAGA Agenda
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following photo and statement following his meeting this afternoon with President Trump in the White House’s Oval Office. President Trump requested the meeting with Congressman King so that he could discuss adding elements of King’s legislative agenda to the President’s ongoing efforts to Make America Great Again (MAGA).
King’s comments on new US/Mexico/Canada trade deal follow Des Moines ceremony in which Taiwan agrees to purchase 37% more soybeans
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following photos and statement regarding Taiwan’s agreement to increase soybean purchases by 37% on the same day that President Trump announced finalizing negotiations on an improved trade deal between the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Tour allows King to show off Iowa agriculture to Taiwanese Purchasers