Agriculture. It’s a way of life here in Iowa.
I grew up and worked on a hog, corn and soybean farm in southwest Iowa. And even now, I’m still living in that same rural community. So when it comes to agriculture, I get it, folks.
Whether it’s the COVID-19 pandemic, a derecho or the drought, 2020 has been a heck of a year for Iowans. But even in these tough times, our farmers have continued to work around the clock to feed and fuel our state, nation and world.
I was over in Jones County right after the derecho hit, and the amount of destruction on this one farm family’s land was heartbreaking. Grain bins crushed like pop cans. Just listening to them detail the destruction brought tears to our eyes.
Farmers are fighters. But that doesn’t mean they don’t need support and our gratitude.
Surveying derecho damage
We surveyed derecho damage and then visited a chestnut farm in Hardin County to see one of our newest wetland sites and discuss the ongoing conservation efforts in Iowa.
Now, you all know that when an administration official is in the state, I don’t miss an opportunity to bring your voices to the table.
Fight is never over
Folks, while the fight for our farmers is never over, we have made some great strides together in the last few years, like scrapping President Obama’s former Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, securing E15 year-round, finalizing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), expanding the biodiesel tax credit, strengthening our conservation programs, helping young and beginning farmers, supporting mental health efforts for farmers and making sure you get relief during this COVID-19 pandemic. And these efforts are still ongoing. Right now, I’m pushing Senate leadership to ensure additional COVID relief for our ag community — and that includes our ethanol producers.