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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More on Agriculture

November 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Axne (IA-03), member of the House Agriculture Committee, questioned Chairman and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration (FCA), Glen Smith, on the rising amount of farm debt and farmers turning to alternative lenders who charge far higher interest rates at Tuesday’s Committee hearing.

November 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Reforming Disaster Recovery Act to modernize federal disaster recovery programs in order to improve government services while saving taxpayer dollars. This legislation, which is co-sponsored by Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), would ensure funds appropriated by Congress are delivered to disaster victims in a timely manner and would protect taxpayer dollars by increasing safeguards against misuse of program resources. The legislation will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.

November 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, joined House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson and a bipartisan group of lawmakers in sending a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee. The letter calls attention to the situation farmers and rural residents are facing in light of the shortage of propane throughout the Midwest.

November 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) sent letters to eight different Federal agencies, requesting detailed information about where Congressionally allocated disaster relief funding has been spent, and how much has gone to Iowa. She requested each agency outline how to apply for their disaster funding in their response letters, which she’ll make public so Iowans impacted by 2019 flooding can apply for these funds.

October 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, applauded the committee’s passage of the bipartisan Reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Act. This legislation includes Rep. Axne’s Whistleblower Programs Improvement Act (WPIA), legislation that would extend whistleblower protections to more individuals who report market manipulation, fraud, or other illegal activity to their supervisors.

October 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –  Yesterday, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), Rep. Finkenauer (IA-01) and Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-01) introduced bipartisan legislation, the Farmers’ Access to Resources and Machinery (FARM) Act.

October 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep Cindy Axne (IA-03) delivered a speech on the House floor urging her colleagues to work quickly to finalize the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). The Administration must submit the agreement before Congress for approval and Congressional leaders have been in ongoing negotiations with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Full speech with audio available here.

October 15, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) released the following statement on today’s Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement undermining the Administration’s October 4th promise to ‘restore integrity’ to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS):
October 3, 2019 Press Release
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA-03) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, requesting the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conduct a study on the economic impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) abuse of biofuel waivers.
September 25, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Cindy Axne (IA-D) joined Reps. Filemon Vela (TX-34) and Collin Peterson (MN-7), chair of the House Agriculture Committee, in introducing the Protecting America’s Food & Agricultural Act, legislation that would authorize U.S. Customs and Border protection (CBP) to hire more agriculture specialists in order to prevent an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in the United States. While harmless to humans, ASF is a highly contagious and deadly viral disease with no vaccine that affects hogs and would be devastating to Iowa’s pork industry.