Posts Tagged ‘ Agriculture ’

GOP: Notable Bills in Effect July 1, 2017

June 26, 2017
GOP: Notable Bills in Effect July 1, 2017

The following is a list of notable bills that will be going into effect on July 1st. Click here to see a PDF version of this list Agriculture House File 469 – SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS – changed prior law that only allows one soil conservation and water quality district commissioner to live in the same…

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Dems: Homeowners Affected Under New CAFO Law

May 11, 2017

Iowa homeowners whose quality of life or property values have been impacted by confined feeding operations (CAFOS) may now have even fewer options. Under a bill approved by the Republican-led Legislature, if a CAFO moves next to your property and ruins the value and enjoyment of your land, damages are now capped and no further…

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GOP: 2017 First Funnel Survivors

March 3, 2017
GOP: 2017 First Funnel Survivors

Attached is a list and short description of bills that survived the first funnel.  The list DOES NOT include bills which failed to achieve committee approval. 2017 First Funnel Survivors

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Dems: Maintaining commitments in tight budget times

May 16, 2016

The 2016 legislative session wrapped up April 29. It was a tight budget year, but as always, we balanced the state budget responsibly. Iowa will end the fiscal year with a $75 million surplus and $700 million in our reserve funds.   Some of our biggest accomplishments include: Safeguarding the interests of Medicaid recipients with…

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Dems: 2016 Session Highlights

April 29, 2016
Dems: 2016 Session Highlights

During this tight budget year, Senate Democrats fought to maintain economic security for Iowa families by standing up for workers and investing in skills training, job creation and the educational opportunities from preschool through college. We hoped to accomplish more, but chose compromise over gridlock. We balanced the state budget in a fiscally responsible way.…

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Dems: Bird flu prompts stronger biosecurity in Iowa

April 26, 2016

Iowa plays an important role in feeding the world. That’s why last year’s bird flu was so troubling. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has described the outbreak of 2015 as the largest animal health emergency in U.S. history.   In Iowa, 31.5 million birds at 77 facilities in 18 counties were affected between April and…

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Dems: Agriculture – week of April 4, 2016

April 8, 2016

SF 2249 – Farm lease termination   FLOOR ACTION: SF 2249 requires parties to a lease for land used in farming to make any agreement terminating the lease in writing. [4/6: 50-0]

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Dems: Tax credit will spur Iowa ag & biosciences

March 22, 2016

Iowa’s abundance of biomass feedstock offers opportunities for economic growth beyond food and fuel.   Senate File 2300, which passed the Iowa Senate on a bipartisan vote on March 16, would further spur our state’s success in the biosciences by providing up to $10 million in tax credits per year to industries that turn byproducts…

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Dems: Iowa lifts ban on poultry exhibitions

January 10, 2016

The Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship has lifted the state ban on live bird exhibitions at fairs, livestock auctions, swap meets, sales and other events due to avian influenza. The Department prohibited poultry exhibitions on May 21 after an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza, with the goal of minimizing its spread and…

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Dems: Harvest weight proclamation aids farmers in hauling harvest

October 18, 2015

Governor Branstad has signed a proclamation to allow overweight loads throughout harvest season. The proclamation took effect September 25 and expires after 60 days. The proclamation allows vehicles transporting soybeans, corn, hay, straw, silage and stover to be overweight (not exceeding 90,000 pounds gross weight) without a permit, for the duration of the proclamation. For complete…

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