Naig recaps 2024 Iowa Legislative Session

Iowa’s 2024 legislative session has ended and state ag secretary Mike Naig says a number of agricultural priorities were supported.

“A continued investment in sustained efforts around water quality and soil conservation. We had asked for an increase and received that in our foreign animal disease work. We had asked for a slight increase in our efforts to build the Choose Iowa brand, which is our brand for Iowa grown, Iowa made, Iowa raised products.”

He tells Brownfield lawmakers authorized a budget increase for the state’s Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. “Which is our cost share program for fueling stations to put in the infrastructure they need to carry higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel.”

Naig says the Legislature also strengthened foreign ag land ownership laws. “Requiring some additional reporting for entities that own land and then also giving the attorney general some tools that she needs to be able to investigate.”

Governor Kim Reynolds signed the bill into law and said she hopes it will be a model for other states.

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