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

July 14, 2021 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) and her fellow co-chairs of the House Biofuels Caucus introduced legislation to ensure the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to allow the sale of E15 and higher blends of ethanol to be sold year-round.

The lawmakers unveiled the Year-Round Fuel Choice Act in reaction to a recent D.C. Circuit Court decision which struck down an EPA rule which allowed year-round sale of E15.

June 30, 2021 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to expand the use of low-carbon renewable fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by creating a new tax incentive for fuel with higher blends of ethanol.

The Low Carbon Biofuel Credit Act, which was introduced in the House today with Rep. Adrian Smith (NE-03), would create a tax credit for each gallon of fuel containing 15 percent or greater ethanol content (E15).

June 25, 2021 Press Release

Today, the co-chairs of the bipartisan House Biofuels Caucus — Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), Rep. Angie Craig (MN-02), Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Rep. Dusty Johnson (SD-AL), Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), and Rep. Adrian Smith (NE-03) — released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the oil industry over family farmers and biofuels producers in rural America in HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining, LLC v. Renewable Fuels Association: 

June 25, 2021 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) sent a letter to the bipartisan leadership of both chambers of Congress to emphasize her interest in seeing investments in biofuels infrastructure included in the bipartisan agreement reached by the White House and a bipartisan group of senators yesterday.

May 25, 2021 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) and Rep. Mike Kelly (PA-16) introduced bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to extend the biodiesel tax credit for three years.

The tax credit, which is set to expire at the end of 2022 after being revived in December 2019, supports a homegrown clean energy sector that employs thousands of Americans while lowering emissions.

May 6, 2021 Press Release

Today, Representatives Cindy Axne (IA-03) and Jim Costa (CA-14) led a group of thirteen House Democrats who represent farm districts in a letter to House leadership urging the exemption of family-owned farms from any potential changes to the stepped-up basis for capital gains in tax law.

May 6, 2021 In The News

Rural Democrats issued a warning Thursday about the Biden administration’s plan to tax unrealized capital gains at death, saying they are worried about the potential impact on family farms.

April 22, 2021 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) applauded the announcement of $22,549,000 in federal investments to improve water and sewer infrastructure in three cities within Iowa’s Third Congressional District.

The investments were part of nearly a half a billion dollars in funds for rural water, energy, and biofuel infrastructure announced today by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development.

April 22, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Cindy Axne (IA-03), Reps. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Randy Feenstra (IA-04), Terri Sewell (AL-07), Clay Higgins (LA-03), Peter DeFazio (OR-04) and Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and 21 other signers wrote to House leaders and Appropriators asking that they extend and fully fund the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) for 2020 natural disasters.

The bipartisan group of lead signers represent regions that were hit hard by natural disasters during the Coronavirus pandemic, including last year’s derecho in Iowa.

April 22, 2021 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) helped reintroduce bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House aimed at breaking down barriers for farmers and producers interested in participating in carbon markets and rewarding climate-smart practices used in Iowa agriculture and land use.

Limited access to reliable information about carbon markets and qualification red tape have restricted both landowner participation in carbon markets and the adoption of practices that help reduce the costs of developing carbon credits.