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Improving Iowa roads, energy sources and property taxes among IFBF priorities

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Iowa has an enviable role, not only as the nation's leading livestock producer, but also as the number one producer of renewable energy. Both industries are intertwined in a cycle of sustainability. That's why Iowa Farm Bureau Federation members are pleased to hear Governor Culver shares a commitment of maintaining a strong renewable energy market, as he outlined his goals in his Condition of the State address today at the Capitol.

Governor Culver also said today that it is important to be fiscally responsible in trying economic times. Farm Bureau's grassroots organization goals include balancing the budget, while maintaining conservation programs, public safety and education. "In a year plagued by 500-year flooding, tornadoes and recession, Iowans must reach across the fence and realize we're all in this together and we'll all have to work together to get it all done. But we can. Farm Bureau members are willing to roll up their sleeves to work towards balancing the budget in a fiscally-responsible way, a way that doesn't put an additional burden on property taxes. We will work with lawmakers and the Governor to make that happen," said IFBF President Craig Lang.

"Improving the state's roads and bridges is a priority this year for our organization. Good roads and bridges have always been a must for farm commerce. Farm Bureau members believe a fuel tax is the best funding option because it would provide immediate funding and it would be paid by all road users, including those from other states," said Lang.

1/26/09
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Date: 1/21/09



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