Iowa Corn Growers to hold 2016 roundtable policy meetings

Iowa Corn Growers to hold 2016 roundtable policy meetings

ICGA will discuss important policy issues for corn growers at upcoming meetings.

The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) announced its 2016 Iowa Corn Roundtable meeting schedule, a key component of the ICGA policy development process.

These grassroots meetings allow ICGA members to come together and deliberate on key issues impacting corn farmers, says ICGA president Bob Hemesath, a northeast Iowa farmer. ICGA encourages all members to attend. Policies brought forward and approved at the roundtable meetings go on to the policy session at the Grassroots Summit to be held in August for the ICGA farmer-member delegates to debate. If you can't attend a roundtable but wish to bring forth a policy resolution for consideration, contact your local ICGA board member.

GRASSROOTS: The Iowa Corn Growers Association will hold 12 meetings at various locations across Iowa beginning July 6 as part of its annual policy development process. Gathering to discuss key issues impacting corn farmers is a key step to set the direction of the organization.

Roundtable meetings will be held at 12 locations around Iowa

These events are free for ICGA Members. Meals (lunch or dinner) will be included at each session. RSVP by June 30 at iowacorn.org/roundtables. See the below listing for locations and times.

July 6
•Fort Dodge -  Olde Boston's Restaurant (noon - 2 p.m.)
•Mt. Pleasant - Jerry's Restaurant (noon - 2 p.m.)
•Denison - Hillside Grille Restaurant (5:30 - 8:30 p.m.)
•Grundy Center - Titan Machinery (5:30 - 8:30 p.m.)
•Marion - Carlos O'Kellys (5:30 - 8:30 p.m.)
•Red Oak - Red Coach Inn (5:30 - 8:30 p.m.)

July 7
•Altoona - Fireside Grill (noon - 2 p.m.)
•Emmetsburg - Shores at Five Island (noon - 2 p.m.)
•Fayette - Upper Iowa University (5:30 - 8:30 p.m.)
•Lake Rathbun - Honey Creek Resort (5:00 - 8:30 p.m.)
•Le Mars - Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor (5:30 - 8:30 p.m.)
•Mason City - Historic Park Inn (5:30 - 8:30 p.m.)

The Iowa Corn Growers Association is an 8,000-member strong grassroots-driven organization, headquartered in Johnston, Iowa, serving members across the state, and lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its farmer members to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability. For more information, visit iowacorn.org.

In other corn grower news, be sure to let the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency know you support a strong and robust Renewable Fuel Standard. The deadline is July 11 to send your comments to EPA regarding the agency’s proposed ethanol volume blending requirements for 2017.

Tell EPA: Protect the RFS
Last week ICGA members should have received a letter from the ICGA office asking for help in fighting back against the EPA’s current proposal to reduce ethanol blending levels under the volumes called for in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “Be sure to fill out the enclosed comment card you received in the letter and return it to the ICGA office by July 5,” says Hemesath. You can also submit your comments online, go to ncga.com/rfs.

Make your voice heard!

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