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Iowa Ag Leaders Seem Eager For Trump’s Leadership

by Whitney Flach

Several backers for Donald Trump in the Iowa agriculture industry, have said they’re excited about the future for farmers and the nation’s economy.

Bruce Rastetter, chief executive of the Summit Agricultural Group in Alden and president of Iowa’s Board of Regents said, that he has a positive feeling about a change in the direction of the country.

In August, Rastetter was among six Iowans tapped for Trump’s 64-person Agricultural Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee, led by Gov. Terry Branstad and including Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, pioneers new ideas for the agricultural industry, and provides support for rural communities.

It is expected that a significant portion of the advisory committee could be involved in some way to help lead the dynamic change, and the direction of ag policy. That change would involve redefining trade policy, shrinking the role of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and altering tax plans.

Branstad’s shared he was pleased to lead the advisory committee and focus on issues like the Renewable Fuel Standard. Northey praised Trump’s support for renewable fuels and shared his concerns over existing trade agreements. He also voiced concern over regulations and the impact on farmers.

Northey said he looks forward to working with the new president’s team “Whether it’s in the administration, or as Iowa’s secretary of ag, or in another role in Iowa.”

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