The Iowa Corn Growers Association has established its top legislative priorities at both the federal and state levels for 2013. In alphabetical order, the 2013 federal-level priorities include:
* Environment: Environmental Protection Agency determinations on pesticide issues (Atrazine review, pesticide permitting); advocacy on EPA regulations including climate change, Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Loads or TMDLs, nutrient criteria, dust, etc.
* Ethanol: Working to establish support for retaining the Renewable Fuel Standard nationally; support for increasing ethanol infrastructure for the E15 blend and making higher blends of ethanol available for conventional cars.
* Farm Bill: Pass a farm bill and retain the current structure and funding level for crop insurance and the Market Access Program or MAP, and the Foreign Market Development Program or FMD.
* Research: Support agricultural research for corn, corn products, and other crops of economic significance.
* Taxes: ICGA will watch for developments with depreciation, capital gains, estate, or other expiring agriculture tax credits
* Trade: Support for Trade Promotion Authority
* Transportation: Support for appropriations for making repairs and improvements on Mississippi River lock & dams; and support for Missouri River prioritization of uses (flood control, navigation), implementation
In alphabetical order, the ICGA's 2013 state-level legislative priorities include:
* Budget: Funding for Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and support IDALS budget requests (state veterinarian, increase in state soil and water conservation cost-share program funding)
* Conservation: Implement 'Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy' by increasing soil conservation and water quality funding
* Ethanol: Support new funding for E15 from renewable fuels infrastructure; oppose diversions to other fuels, such as natural gas.
* Livestock: Support for the livestock industry and the existing laws regulating livestock operations
* Regulation: Support efforts to reduce or revise unnecessary/unworkable regulations for agriculture
* Research: Support funding for agriculture-related research at Iowa State University (Ag State Proposal)
* Taxes: Property tax—Legislative, maintain agriculture productivity formula; property tax--Iowa Department of Revenue, ICGA opposes shift of tax burden to row-crop farm land
* Transportation: Increased funding, including support for a fuel tax increase with the money to be used to improve Iowa's roads and bridges