Agriculture & Rural Development

Congresswoman Finkenauer understands that agriculture is not just a crucial part of Iowa’s economy but an essential part of our way of life. She is committed to growing Iowa’s economy by creating opportunities in our rural communities, whether that is strengthening family farms, ensuring adequate protections for our crops and conservation, or supporting our local entrepreneurs. In fact, Finkenauer introduced and passed legislation to help rural small businesses compete for federal contracts—making her the first freshman lawmaker to pass a bill this term.

Congresswoman Finkenauer is deeply concerned by the impact of the ongoing trade war on Iowa’s farmers and knows when our farmers do well, our manufacturers, workers, and communities do well. As chair of the Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship Subcommittee she has held hearings on trade and looking into the damaging effects on our economy while inviting farmers to share their stories with Congress. She knows farmers need certainty when it comes to trade and she will continue to bring their voices to Washington.

Congresswoman Finkenauer is also a strong advocate for biofuels, which create good-paying jobs across Iowa. She introduced the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act so that farmers, refineries, and other industries can better plan their investments, grow their businesses, and pass savings on to consumers. She continues to fight for an extension of this along with other credits that support our homegrown biofuels and other sources of renewable energy.

The Congresswoman knows high-speed internet access is becoming more and more critical to everyday life, farming, and doing business. She is working to support an expansion of broadband coverage in Iowa and importantly, better understand where we need to be making investments to ensure the best use of taxpayer money. Her efforts are also aimed at ensuring we can update our infrastructure and support the deployment of next-generation technology to ensure our communities don’t fall behind.

More on Agriculture & Rural Development

November 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) introduced a congressional resolution to recognize and support National Rural Health Day, which is tomorrow, November 21, 2019.

Sixty million hardworking Americans live in rural communities and are increasingly facing barriers to accessing the health care services they need. This is because our rural health facilities
face systemic challenges, including low reimbursements, physician workforce shortages, and difficulty accessing certain technologies like telehealth.

November 6, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) and Congresswoman Kendra Horn (OK-05) led a Democratic caucus letter to House leadership urging action on extension of the biodiesel tax credit. Specifically, the lawmakers are asking for extensions of the biodiesel, alternative fuel vehicle refueling property, and second generation biofuel producer tax credits.

October 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) met with Kelly Nieuwenhuis, an Iowa family farmer and president of Iowa-based and farmer-owned Siouxland Energy Cooperative. Finkenauer and Nieuwenhuis discussed how Iowans are being impacted by small refinery exemption (SRE) waivers, and other policy other policy proposals aime

October 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (D-IA-01) and Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR-01) introduced the Farmers’ Access to Resources and Machinery (FARM) Act.

October 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) hosted House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) in Iowa’s First Congressional District. Finkenauer and DeFazio toured infrastructure in Buchanan County and heard from Iowans about the challenges they face while maintaining rural roads and bridges.

October 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) released the following statement on the Trump administration's announcement regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS):

October 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (D-IA-01) and Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA-03) introduced the bipartisan Fixing America’s Bridges Act. The bill reestablishes a federal funding program to help repair and replace structurally deficient local bridges, many of which are owned by municipalities that have trouble affording necessary maintenance.

September 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) and Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) introduced the Rural Road Safety Act, which would provide federal funding for communities to make critical safety improvements to their rural roads.

A disproportionate number of traffic fatalities happen on America’s rural roads. While carrying 30% of the country’s traffic in 2017, 47.5% of fatalities happened on rural roads.

That same year in Iowa, the state’s rural roads accounted for:

                56% of all fatal crashes

August 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) held a roundtable discussion with Iowa farmers at the County line Feed Mill to hear about important issues affecting Iowa agriculture. Finkenauer was joined by USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey. Finkenauer and Northey also toured and met with farmers at the Black Hawk County corn and soy bean test plot.

August 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) released the following statement on President Trump’s announcement of escalating tariffs on China:

“Rather than playing “King” on Twitter, and giving American companies orders, President Trump should be focused on cleaning up the painful mess he created.