WEEK 3: 2019 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
STATE NEWS
UPCOMING TRADE MISSION TO COLOMBIA & PANAMA: Lt. Gov. Gregg & Sec. Naig, Feb. 3-9
  • Iowa exported over $80 million in goods to Colombia last year, and exports increased significantly in 2018
  • Colombia, 11th largest ag. export market for the U.S.

LEGISLATIVE TRACKING
HSB78: Property Tax Exemption for Cover Crops - Proposes 50% reduction in property taxes for those planting cover crops, concerns related to funding & impact to be ironed out: MONITORING

HSB32: Fees on Public Utilities for the use of Public Rights-Of-Way- L imiting right-of-way fees to direct/documented costs: FOR

HSB62: Savings Promotion Drawings - Allows lending institutions to offer promotions for specific savings accounts, as allowed in 29 other states: FOR

FUN FACT FRIDAY: Other CO-OP News in Iowa
The Iowa Adventurer talks about Pomeroy's CO-OP Bar & Grill HERE .

Find your state legislators HERE .
FEDERAL NEWS
SEN. GRASSLEY: LEGISLATION ON FOREIGN LOBBYISTS
  • "Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is aiming to reintroduce legislation that would close loopholes in the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), critics say allow lobbyists who work for foreign entities to conceal their work." Details HERE.

REP. FINKENAUER: CHAIR OF SUBCOMMITTEE
  • Focusing on rural development, agriculture, trade and entrepreneurship, her comments HERE

CHINA TO BUY U.S. SOYBEANS
  • Thursday China announced they'd purchase another 5,000,000 tons of soybeans, details HERE

EUROPEAN COMMISSION APPROVES U.S. SOYBEAN USE: Article HERE
  • "Conservation practices... meet EU sustainability standards, and biodiesel produced from documented soybeans can now be used in the EU."


BEYOND THE U.S.
Davos, Switzerland Summit : Worldwide Economic Forum (WEF)
  • Concerns over debt, division and impending financial crisis, more information HERE
Want to reach your federal legislators?
D.C. office numbers below: 
Sen. Chuck Grassley: 202-224-4120
Sen. Joni Ernst: 202-224-3254
Rep. Abby Finkenauer: 202-225-2911
Rep. Dave Loebsack: 202-225-6576
Rep. Cindy Ax ne: 202-225-5476
Rep. Steve King: 202-225-4426
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