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U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) hosted her first telephone town hall of the year, taking questions from Iowa’s farmers and producers. Ernst was joined on the telephone town hall by Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig.

“Hearing from Iowans in every corner of our state—from the smallest towns to the biggest cities—is one of my top priorities, and tonight’s telephone town hall with farmers and other members of our state’s ag community was a great opportunity to do exactly that. Farmers truly are the backbone of our rural communities, which is why, as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I’m proud to always fight tooth and nail on their behalf and to make sure Iowa has a seat at the table when it comes to agriculture policy. Thank you to my friend Secretary Naig for joining tonight’s discussion,” said Senator Joni Ernst.

“I want to thank Senator Ernst for inviting me to participate in tonight’s town hall. I always appreciate the opportunity to talk with producers and hear what’s on their minds. These conversations help identify some of the resources and support our producers need as they work towards economic recovery and growth. I’ll continue working alongside Senator Ernst, and other Iowa leaders, to rebuild demand for biofuels, fight for common-sense solutions that protect our natural resources without hindering production and conservation efforts, and explore value-added marketing opportunities for Iowa producers,” said Secretary Naig.

Ernst is leading a resolution in the Senate calling on the Biden Administration to uphold the Trump Administration’s Navigable Waters Protection rule she helped push for, which replaced the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS), and to stand with workers, farmers, manufacturers, and businesses.

In addition, in light of President Biden’s mandate to move the federal government to electric vehicles, Ernst urged the president not to give into the misguided political demands of the Left and to change course by instead promoting the adoption of higher biofuel blends and investing in expanding biofuel infrastructure.