WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Farm Bureau voting delegates concluded their year-long policy development process last week at the Summer Policy Conference after debating and adopting policy.
"Farm Bureau members believe the bio-fuels economy needs to be taken to the next level through much-needed research," said Craig Lang, president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. "Areas where continued research is necessary include maximizing the use of enhanced co-products such as soybean meal and distiller grains for the growing livestock industry."
Farm Bureau also addressed Iowa’s aging bridges and road infrastructure.
"Obviously, our leaders recognize the importance of good roads and bridges to help the bio-economy, but most importantly, for the overall safety of Iowans," noted Lang. "In order to effectively address these needs, members believe they should be financed through the fuel tax."
Lang said Farm Bureau members also discussed farm bill legislation and eventually reaffirmed support for a strong safety net, conservation programs that work, and an energy title to promote bio-fuel development.
Expanding access to foreign markets also was a priority item.
Farm Bureau voting delegates voted to reaffirm support for "continuous," site-specific enrollments in the Conservation Reserve Program.
The delegates agreed that the CRP should be more targeted at offering enrollment options that specifically benefit water quality and soil conservation.
The August 29-30 conference was a step in Farm Bureau’s grassroots policy development process, with the Iowa Farm Bureau’s national policies yet to be submitted to the American Farm Bureau Federation.
All state Farm Bureaus meet in January to finalize the organization’s national policies.