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Iowa corn growers set policies at Commodity Classic

Iowa corn grower Bob Hemesath at NCGA policy meeting in San Antonio. Photo courtesy of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).

Some Iowa corn farmers want auto manufacturers to build vehicles that can better handle ethanol.

Iowa Corn Growers Association leaders helped set several policies during Commodity Classic last week.

Kurta Hora is President of Iowa Corn Growers Association.

“We encourage engine builders and car manufactures to build an engine that will utilize ethanol better and also have better compression so we get better mileage and use. [This is a way] to increase the economy here in Iowa and the United States.”

Iowa has 43 ethanol plants around the state.

“There are huge economic benefits to the communities they are in. The basis for the local farmers and that money gets turned right around and gets spent in those local businesses. It helps take care of the big corn piles we have sitting around.”

Other issues Iowa corn farmers raised at the National Corn Growers Association policy meeting include: Defending the renewable fuels standard, new market access, and crop insurance protection. Iowa resolutions passed by the delegate body include: Providing farmers access to the information and tools necessary to upkeep and repair their farm equipment. Allowing for noxious weed control or drainage ditch maintenance within Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land or continuous CRP land.