U.S. Representative Cindy Axne (IA-03) was appointed to sit on the House Agriculture Committee in the 116th Congress, serving as the sole representative from Iowa on this crucial committee. The House Agriculture Committee has jurisdiction over key issues relevant to Iowa, including agricultural production, marketing and stabilization of prices, commodity exchanges, rural development, crop insurance, farm credit and farm security, agriculture research and extension services.
“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve as a voice for Iowa farmers on the House Agriculture Committee,” said Representative Axne. “Agriculture is not only an economic driver and job creator in our state, but our Iowa farmers and producers feed people here at home and around the world. Ensuring our agriculture industry thrives is not only beneficial for Iowa’s economy, but the entire country.”
Congresswoman Axne’s agriculture priorities for the 116th Congress include ensuring trade agreements benefit Iowa farmers, opening new markets for exports, expanding access to rural broadband and investing in innovative technologies to help Iowa farmers become more efficient and remain globally competitive. Additionally, Congresswoman Axne will advocate for programs to better support beginning, family, veteran, minority, and women farmers.
“Iowa farmers are hurting from retaliation tariffs, a slower than usual harvest rate this year, a continuing decline of commodity prices, yet another decrease in farmland value this past year, and the ongoing government shutdown,” added Congresswoman Axne. “Iowans must be represented and have a voice on the House Agriculture Committee.”
Iowa produces more than $8 billion dollars in corn and grain commodities, and over $5 billion in soybeans each year. Iowa ranked first in the nation for corn for grain production, corn export value, egg production, pork export value and total grain storage capacity. Iowa is ranked second in the nation for soybean production, soybean export value and net farm income.
Iowa’s agriculture industry contributes $112 billion to Iowa’s economy, creating 1 out of every 5 jobs in the state. Studies show that every dollar in net farm income results in an additional 60 cents of economic activity for small, rural communities.
Earlier this week, Congresswoman Axne was appointed to serve on the House Financial Services Committee. Given the importance of having an Iowan serve on the Agriculture Committee, House Leadership granted Congresswoman Axne’s request for a waiver to sit on both powerful committees.