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“A fellow by the name of Donald J. Trump, did you hear what he said during the campaign,” renewable energy, ethanol is here to stay,” said Perdue. “And, we’re going to look for new technologies to be even more efficient.”
One state leader, who echoed Perdue’s comments on the Renewable Fuel Standard, was Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey.
“He knows this is an area that’s strongly supportive of ethanol and renewable fuels,” said Northey. “Certainly Bill Couser and family have been a great leader in that. He came here purposely and when he got handed the button that said ‘don’t mess with the RFS’ he put that button on. And, he reminded everybody I work for the president. The president supports ethanol. So, I feel very good about that message.”
Another major area looked at Friday was the importance of trade and agriculture.
“I think that what we ought to be most satisfied and thankful for is his understanding that the prosperity of agriculture depends upon trade,” said Sen. Charles Grassley,
(R) of Iowa. “And, that is kind of a touchy thing right now because the protections platform that Trump ran on, now Trump has modified his views quite a bit.”
There was also the subject of being able to take care of farmland more efficiently.
“The incentive programs that are happening within Iowa, but also from Washington through NRCS and others, the application process and the time to get applied for those conservation practices that we’d like to do are just onerous,” said Ray Gaesser, a farmer near Corning, Iowa.
“When you go into the NRCS office, the FSA office, crop insurance, we shouldn’t put you on an interrogation at every point,” said Perdue. “It ought to be a one stop shop so you can handle it go back and get that seed in the ground.”