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Trade is top issue for Iowa Agriculture
February 1, 2019
Sen. Grassley and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig wrote a column for the Cedar Rapids Gazette looking at how public policy will impact agriculture this year.
"As we start the new year and look ahead to what we as public servants can achieve, there are a number of important issues facing Iowa’s agricultural industry where our roles on the state and federal levels intersect. Recently, one issue has been defending and advocating on behalf of biofuels workers and the farmers who grow the made-in-America fuel. Working together, along with U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst and Gov. Kim Reynolds, we not only fended off moneyed oil interests opposed to competition from America’s farmers, but finally delivered on President Donald Trump’s promise to allow for year-round sales of higher blends of ethanol, known as E15.
"Our work for Iowa’s farmers will continue in 2019. The top issue, without a doubt, is international trade. Opening new markets and breaking down barriers to allow Iowa’s farmers to export the best agricultural products in the world to places across the globe is something we’ll be working for every day."