Ag leaders push for FB issues

Ag leaders push for FB issues
Iowa Farm Bureau Ag Leaders urge Rep. Abby Finkenauer to support the proposed trade deal with Canada and Mexico and to oppose refinery waivers that hurt biofuel demand. From left are Emily Doyle, Tama County; Jessica Tekippe, Winneshiek County; Ross Weymiller, Allamakee County; and Scott Rottinghaus, Black Hawk County.

Members of the Iowa Farm Bureau Feder­ation’s (IFBF) Ag Lead­­ers program pushed for Congressional approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on trade and an end to waivers granted allowing refiners to avoid ethanol blending requirements during a visit last week with Iowa’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.

Paul Belzer, a Monroe County Farm Bureau member, said passage of the USMCA is critical to offset the effects of a slowing ag economy. In a meeting in Rep. Dave Loebsack’s office, he said the economic slowdown...

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