Iowa Governor Terry Branstad touted Iowa as an agricultural leader during this year’s Farm Progress Show. He visited exhibitors and stopped by the BASF Media Tent to speak with reporters about key ag issues. I spoke with him about three issues: trade, water quality, and ethanol.
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.
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.
Learn more about these three issues by listening to my interview with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad: [wpaudio url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zimmcomm/fps-16-branstad.mp3″ text=”Interview with IA Governor Terry Branstad”]