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Round Table In Iowa Discusses Ag Issues and Concerns
Vanessa Wetterling, who is Managing Director of the Monmouth and Galesburg radio stations, really keeps the lively decisions of Ag Roundtables moving for her listeners of the radio stations owned by WPW BROADCASTING, INC.
Vanessa traveled to her sister station in Muscatine, IA March 21st to conduct a Spring Ag Roundtable session for KWPC 860 AM.
Iowa and Illinois share Ag issues and work together to strengthen the industry that means so much to the world and the economy.
Roundtable highlights are:
- We're so thankful to be living in Iowa where we haven't issues with the economy. Agriculture is responsible for $30 billion, up $10 billion here. Agriculture is very important in Iowa.
- It's very important to support a program with clean fuel for a clean environment.
- Infrastructure is very important to give us a competitive edge in the market place. We must improve the lock & dam system, rail, and roads.
- Biodiesel is just beginning to see steam, an industry that will provide jobs and markets for farmers and could shut down if we don't support.
- Check out Food & Families on Facebook.
- Stock up on pork, prices may be an all time high.
- FB supports renewable fuels, RFS to break thru the blend wall, hopeful EPA will change their ways-the only thing standing in the way.
- need higher blends of ethanol, more than 10%.
- Sen. Seng agrees blending is needed for cleaner fuels.
- Rep. Sands said, "No one has talked to me about these 2 bills. Whether they get to higher priority waits to be seen."
- Senator Sengs says, "The squeaky wheel gets greased and said check out the General Assembly websites and tell your legislators to support E15 and biodiesel. "We constantly have to fight for agriculure."
- All the ethanol plants across the US are working together and promoting E-15 or better blends. Negative data is unfounded and fabricated.
Participants at the 2014 Growmark Spring Ag Roundtable in Muscatine, IA's Ag Training Center from left clockwise are: radio commentator and director of the Monmouth-Galesburg AM/FM radio stations - Vanessa Wetterling; Craig Hill-Pres. Iowa Farm Bureau; Michael Naig-Iowa Deputy Secretary of Ag; c; Nate Pierce-Growmark Agronomics; Ryan Cox-Ag lending specialist-Central State Bank; Dwayne Hopkins-Mayor of Muscatine, IA; Rob Elliott-IL Corn Growers Assoc.; Bob Bowman-Nat'l Corn Growers Assoc.; Ray Defenbaugh-CEO Big River Resources LLC; Lindsay Griener; Heidi Vittetoe-Iowa Farm Bureau Ag Woman of the Year; IA, IA State Repr. Tom Sands; and State Senator Joe Seng (not yet seated).