Agriculture

Cindy is a 5th generation Iowan who grew up spending summers helping her grandparents farm soybeans, corn and hogs in Warren County. Cindy is proud to serve as a voice for Iowa farmers and rural communities as a member of the House Agriculture Committee. Agriculture is not only an economic driver and job creator in our state, but Iowa’s farmers and producers feed people here at home and around the world. Cindy knows that ensuring our agriculture industry thrives is not only beneficial for Iowa’s economy, but the entire country.

As a member of the Agriculture Committee, Cindy will work on policies to ensure trade agreements benefit Iowa farmers, open new markets for exports, expand access to rural broadband and invest in innovative technologies to help Iowa farmers become more efficient and remain globally competitive.

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May 25, 2020 Page
Four different phases of bipartisan relief have been approved by Congress to help Iowa respond to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 in our communities – and it is crucial that Iowans can account for how much aid has come to our state. As federal and state agencies respond to my requests for information, I will post their data and responses here for all Iowans to see. – Congresswoman Cindy Axne
May 18, 2020 Press Release
Axne: “It is essential that we know why it took the public nearly one month to learn of a COVID-19 outbreak after a report was filed”
May 18, 2020 In The News

On Monday, Rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) issued a statement demanding immediate investigation of Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) based on allegations that OSHA failed to thoroughly investigate a reported complaint at the Tyson Foods Perry, Iowa, plant.

May 12, 2020 Press Release
After leading a call for biofuel support to be included in the next COVID-19 legislative relief package, U.S. House Representatives Cindy Axne (IA-03), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Abby Finkenauer (IA-01), and Angie Craig (MN-02) successfully secured support for the industry as part of the Heroes Act.
May 1, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), Rep. Abby Finkenauer (IA-01), and Dave Loebsack (IA-02) sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking for the president to partner in safely reopening meat processing plants in Iowa by utilizing the Defense Production Act (DPA) to produce the needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for workers, just as he has done to order the opening of the plants.

April 27, 2020 Press Release
“I’ve heard from Iowa enterprises – including our rural hospitals – about the financial hardships they are facing as a result of this pandemic. For folks that currently hold CF loans and are worried about making ends meet, this change could make the difference for them in the coming weeks and months of this crisis. I hope that any CF borrowers facing economic uncertainty because of this pandemic will consider applying for this deferral.”
April 24, 2020 Press Release

Yesterday, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) joined Rep. Austin Scott (GA-08) and bipartisan members of the House Agriculture Committee in introducing legislation to provide $50 billion in additional relief for farmers in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

April 21, 2020 Press Release
The letter lays out legislative priorities that will help the rural counties of Iowa’s Third Congressional District, including expanding funding for rural small businesses and health centers, investing in rural broadband, and protecting Iowa’s agricultural sector.
April 20, 2020 Press Release

Today, Representatives Cindy Axne (IA-03), Abby Finkenauer (IA-03), and Dave Loebsack (IA-02) released the following statement on the lack of support for the biofuel industry in the United States Department of Agriculture’s recently-announced assistance program for farmers and producers affected by coronavirus.

“It is severely disappointing that the USDA is leaving biofuels behind in the recently announced Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

April 15, 2020 In The News

(Washington) -- Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne is among those expressing concerns over the future of the biofuels industry during the coronavirus pandemic.

Axne recently joined bipartisan colleagues in the House Biofuels Caucus in urging USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to use funds appropriated in the recently-approved CARES Act to assist biofuels producers with direct relief. Speaking on KMA's "Morning Line" program Wednesday morning, Axne says the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with other factors, has been destructive to the industry and the ag economy, in general.