Iowa corn farmers joined with other corn farmer members from twenty-six states representing the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) at the annual Commodity Classic meeting in San Antonio, Texas this week. Iowa’s grassroots policy process brought forth 6 resolutions that were accepted by the national delegation on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
NCGA farmer delegates discussed issues related to crop insurance, biotechnology, communications, farmer confidentiality, ethanol and farm bill. The Iowa resolutions included:
* Support maintaining or increasing funding of research at all levels to improve corn quality, lower input costs, and increase the use of corn.
* Support the protection of farmers who have planted approved biotechnology products without threat of judicial proceedings requiring them to terminate crops.
* Support a complete, science-based, yet expeditious, regulatory process in the U.S. for all biotechnology events.
* Support a farm bill that includes both farm programs and a nutrition title.
* Support no hard dollar cap on the government’s share of the crop insurance premium.
* Support the current public/private partnership for the delivery of the federal crop insurance program and keep implementation with private crop insurance agents, not government agencies.
US Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Krysta Harden also visited with the group and answered questions in regards to farm bill implementation.
"We are proud of the thorough process that we have in Iowa and the grassroots policy development we go through to bring Iowa farmer concerns to the national platform. It starts with our local roundtable meetings, to our Annual Meeting, and now onto National policy in Corn Congress at Commodity Classic," said Roger Zylstra, a farmer from Lynnville, Iowa and the current president of the ICGA. "Iowa farmers here are hard at work representing the policy positions that matter back at home in Iowa."
Additional NCGA policy discussions will take place on Saturday afternoon. "Mother Nature has dealt us some interesting weather the last couple of years," said Zylstra. "Our task at Commodity Classic is to make sure we have and maintain sound policy for Iowa’s corn farmers."
The new NCGA policy document will be posted at www.iowacorn.org/policy when it becomes available. For more information on upcoming summer policy development meetings in your area, contact the Iowa Corn Growers Association at 515-225-9242 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.