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

October 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) introduced the bipartisan Growing Opportunities in Agriculture (GO AG) Act on Monday to improve agriculture education opportunities in our schools.

The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Congressman Glenn “G.T.” Thompson (R-PA) and cosponsored by Congressmen Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), and Anthony Brindisi (D-NY), would create grants available to high schools to cover the cost of starting an agriculture education program.

July 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) on Friday included a provision in the first major appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2021 to raise the federal funding cap on the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area.

July 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) and Congressman Dan Bishop (R-NC) on Thursday introduced the bipartisan Expanding Assistance to Farmers Act of 2020.

The bill ensures farmers and agricultural producers can use their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to cover rental expenses related to equipment, land, and buildings. PPP is the forgivable federal loan program created earlier this year to aid small business affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

June 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) on Monday continued bipartisan efforts to defend the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), sending a letter to President Donald Trump demanding that his administration uphold the integrity of federal fuel standards.

April 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced the introduction of the Clean Fuels Deployment Act of 2020. The bipartisan legislation, co-sponsored by Reps. Angie Craig (D-MN), Don Bacon (R-NE), and Roger Marshall (R-KS), would provide funding for installing and converting fuel pump infrastructure to deliver higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel.

January 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced the Protecting the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area Act. The legislation would make sure that this area is preserved for years to come by eliminating the federal funding cap and sunset provision for the national heritage area.

January 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will begin an investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency’s granting of small refinery exemption waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

December 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) released the following statement on the inclusion of a five-year biodiesel tax credit extension in the year-end tax extenders legislative package:

"From day one, I have worked across the aisle to get this done for our district and state. From passing legislation through committee, to holding hearings with biodiesel producers testifying, it has been a bipartisan effort to get here.

December 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) and Congresswoman Cindy Axne (IA-03) submitted two amendments to H.R.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01), Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02), and Congresswoman Cindy Axne (IA-03) sent a letter to Russell Vought, the Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), as well as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and President Trump, about the EPA’s October supplemental proposed rule regarding the reallocation of Small Refinery Exemptions (SRE) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). On Friday, December 6, 2019 the EPA sent their proposed rule to OMB for final review.