posted on November 8, 2013 03:29 PM
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Tom Vilsack is the guest on this edition of Iowa Press. He discusses ongoing farm bill negotiations in Washington D.C. and the impact on rural America.
Vilsack is joined at the Iowa Press table by moderator Dean Borg; Kay Henderson, news...
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posted on November 8, 2013 03:27 PM
USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack says a lot of people do not understand the SNAP (food assistance) program. He says more attention should be paid to efforts to get the small percentage of unemployed people receiving SNAP benefits connected to job opportunities.
posted on November 8, 2013 03:24 PM
USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack says many farmers are doing well, but that's only one segment of the rural economy. He says unemployment and poverty is high among other rural Americans, and passage of a Farm Bill is important, because it contains new strategies and initiatives that would help improve the...
posted on November 8, 2013 03:21 PM
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says there is a need for a strong renewable fuel standard, in part because the oil industry has done a good job of helping make it difficult for some consumers to have access to ethanol.
posted on November 8, 2013 03:18 PM
USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack says the ethanol industry is bumping up against a blend wall. He says the focus should not be so much on renewable fuel standard numbers, but more on how we can provide more, and better, distribution systems to get ethanol to all consumers across the country.
posted on November 8, 2013 03:14 PM
USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack says the lack of an agreement on the Farm Bill creates uncertainty for many Americans, as well as businesses and governments that benefit from elements of the bill. Vilsack points out that the Farm Bill is about much more than just farming. People often don't realize the many...
posted on November 1, 2013 07:35 PM
Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey, Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill, and Iowa State University Extension economist Chad Hart; discuss the Iowa impact of ongoing farm bill negotiations in Washington D.C. on this edition of Iowa Press.
Mike Pearson, host of IPTV’s agri-business program...
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posted on November 1, 2013 05:37 PM
Iowa State University economist Chad Hart explains there are direct and indirect economic effects in Iowa without a Farm Bill. Farmers are impacted by changes and uncertainty, but so are main street businesses where farmers spend money.
posted on November 1, 2013 05:35 PM
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says the agriculture community has a desire to improve infrastructure in the state, but also that road improvements should be paid for by people who use the roads.
posted on November 1, 2013 05:31 PM
Craig Hill, president of the Iowa Farm Bureau, says there is a need to raise the gas tax. However, he says the state should maintain an exemption for farmers who use red-dye diesel fuel for farm equipment.
posted on October 25, 2013 03:28 PM
U.S. Representative Steve King (R - Kiron) is the guest on this edition of Iowa Press. Rep. King, discusses the recent government shutdown, ongoing federal farm bill conference negotiations, and a busy political weekend for Iowa Republicans.
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posted on October 25, 2013 12:54 PM
Rep. Steve King says he's had intense one-on-one conversations with Sen. Ted Cruz recently, and he thinks he's a smart, articulate politician. But King says it remains to be seen if Ted Cruz has staying power as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, or if Cruz is just the "flavor of the month."
posted on October 25, 2013 12:53 PM
Rep. Steve King says he thinks there will be debate about upcoming budget issues and the debt ceiling, but he says he doesn't think there is a will to have another government shutdown in this Congress.
posted on October 25, 2013 12:52 PM
Rep. Steve King insists that he remains ever-vigilant on issues relating to immigration. He says every day there is a national debate on immigration is a bad day for Republicans, and the Obama administration knows that.
posted on October 25, 2013 12:51 PM
Rep. Tom Latham has faced criticism from some Republicans for supporting the compromise that ended the government shutdown. Rep. Steve King says he and Latham have different roles in Congress and that it's not a good idea, in his opinion, for a Republican primary opponent to challenge Latham.