Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Economists tell farmers to go slow on carbon trading

BY: - July 14, 2021

Iowa farmers may want to wait to sell carbon credits until after the nation’s volatile political landscape settles down, an economist told an Iowa Farm Bureau Federation online gathering Wednesday.  Farmers have been optimistic about the prospects of getting paid for plantings on their land that help sweep carbon from the atmosphere. President Joe Biden […]

GOP lawmakers advance bill shifting mental health spending, cutting conservation tax breaks

BY: - March 24, 2021

Senate Republicans are fast-tracking a bill that would change how the state finances mental health services, accelerate tax cuts, and reduce both payments to cities and tax breaks for preserved forests and other land.  After an hour-long hearing Wednesday that drew opposition to the legislation, Senate Study Bill 1253 is expected to be considered by […]

Senate panel chops down plan to raise forest taxes

BY: - March 15, 2021

GOP lawmakers on Monday chopped down a controversial plan that critics said would have raised taxes on Iowa’s private forest land soon after a storm downed 25% of the state’s trees.  Sens. Amy Sinclair of Allerton and Dan Dawson of Council Bluffs said they decided to hold a Senate Ways and Means subcommittee hearing to […]

Iowa ag secretary: Biden’s waterway regulations could hurt farm interests

BY: - January 22, 2021

Democratic President Joe Biden spent part of his first week in office inserting himself into one of agriculture’s hottest policy debates, the fight over which waterways will be protected under the Clean Water Act.  Biden’s initial executive orders included one that threw out Republican President Donald Trump’s order. Trump’s action led to new rules that […]

Aerial view of a combine harvesting soybeans

Iowans praise signing of initial China deal

BY: - January 15, 2020

Reaction from Iowa on President Trump’s signing of the initial trade deal with China and was quick and mostly positive, with a dose of time-will-tell.  The phase one deal includes a promise from China that it will double its purchases from U.S. farmers in the first year, CNN reported. China is one of the largest […]