Iowa Cattlemen’s Association pleased with outcome of legislative session

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is pleased with the results of this year’s Iowa Legislative Session.

Executive director Bryan Whaley says many of the priorities identified going into the session had favorable outcomes.

“Specifically, foreign ownership of ag land was a big topic as well as that was something I know Governor Reynolds was focused on. We also were focused on trying to think about where the future is going with this whole lab-grown, cell-cultured meat product.”

Governor Reynolds signed legislation that requires any plant-based, lab-grown, or insect-based protein product sold in Iowa stores be clearly labeled as something other than meat or eggs, as well as a bill that strengthens foreign ag land ownership laws.

“Those were a couple (priorities), on top of obviously we had some tax issues we were concerned about and monitoring those. There was some support for ag education bills that we knew were going to be coming up that we obviously wanted to engage in.”

Whaley says another bill welcomed by the association prevents a new tax on producers by reinstating the livestock capital gains deduction.

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