Santorum Attends Iowa Corn Board Meeting

Santorum Attends Iowa Corn Board Meeting

Rick Santorum, a Republican candidate for U.S. president and a former senator from Pennsylvania, talks to corn growers and outlines his position on key issues important to farmers.

The Iowa Corn Board welcomed Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum at the Wednesday, December 14 joint board meeting.  All presidential candidates were invited to attend, and this was not an endorsement by Iowa Corn.  As part of the Corn Caucus Project (click here for link), Santorum scored an A- on the candidate report card.  Santorum spoke to Iowa Corn about his support of equal treatment for all energy sources, including phasing out energy tax incentives over five years.  Santorum also highlighted that infrastructure, including roads, locks and dams, is a constitutional responsibility and a good government investment.  Iowa Corn does not endorse any particular presidential candidate.

Iowa Caucus Information: The Iowa caucuses will be held on January 3, 2012 at 7:00 PM. You must be a registered Republican or Democrat to attend your respective caucus; registration forms are available on site to complete if needed or if you want to change your party registration. If someone will be 18 as of the general election, on November 6, 2012, they can attend and vote at the caucus, as long as they are a registered Republican, Democrat, or will register as one at the caucus.  Click here for more information on how to caucus. For ethanol and farm bill talking points you can use during party platform discussions, click here.

Iowa Corn establishes 2012 state and federal legislative priorities

The Iowa Corn Board's directors has established the top ten legislative priorities at the state and federal levels for 2012. In alphabetical order, the 2012 Federal-level priorities include:

*Environment:  EPA determinations on pesticide issues (Atrazine review, pesticide permitting); advocacy on EPA regulations including climate change, Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), dust, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure rules (SPCC), etc.

* Ethanol: Support for retaining the Renewable Fuel Standard 2; Support for increasing infrastructure and blends (E15, E85) for conventional cars.

* Farm Bill: Retain current structure and funding level for crop insurance; advocacy on other titles: revenue protection, research, conservation, and trade funding.

* Research: Support ag research for corn, corn products and other crops of economic significance.

* Tax: Support depreciation, capital gains, estate, or other expiring agriculture tax credits

* Transportation: Support for appropriation for Mississippi River lock & dams; Missouri River prioritization of uses (flood control, navigation), implementation, etc.

In alphabetical order, the 2012 state-level Iowa Corn priorities include:

* Budget: Funding for Iowa Department of Agriculture/support IDALS budget requests (vet, conservation funding)

* Checkoff: Support the current law for Iowa's corn checkoff

* Environment: Increase funding for conservation cost share: reduces erosion & improves water quality; Move volunteer water quality programs (involving farmers) from DNR to IDALS.

* Ethanol:  Support UST funding for renewable fuels infrastructure; support E85,E15/biodiesel use of fund.

* General:  Support finding legislative compromise regarding electrical licensing and inspections.

* 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

* Tax:  Defense of agricultural tax credits including property tax credits

* Transportation:  Support gas tax increase, including beneficial tax rates for ethanol (E10, E15+) and biodiesel.
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