Another successful Farm Progress Show has wrapped up in Boone, Iowa. We ended on a high note with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad visiting exhibitors and stopping by the BASF Media Tent to speak with reporters about key ag issues. I spoke with him about three issues: ethanol, water quality and trade.
Branstad said that we appreciate the private sector support to improve water quality and said he and the Lt. Governor have been to over 40 sites in the state this summer to see water conservation in action. They are strongly advocating with Iowa legislators to pass water quality legislation again.
In terms of ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard, Gov Branstad visited Quad County Corn Processors this week along with Iowa Senator Joni Ernst to see both first-gen and cellulosic ethanol in action. He said that the industry needs continued federal support and now Ernst can share her personal experience in DC.
Speaking on the topic of TPP Gov. Branstad said we have problems with both parties. He believes support will be difficult and they may have to renegotiate.
Learn more about these three issues by listening to my interview with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad: Interview with IA Governor Terry Branstad