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Source: Iowa Soybean Association news release

Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) board members and voting delegates established and updated policy regarding a number of issues including the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, biodiesel and property rights during the group's policy conference last week.

New policies concerning water quality and conservation were established. Delegates penned support for the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy; the 25x25 Adaptation Initiative, which is focused on reducing environmental impacts on farming; and recognized the need to study the merits of implementing a soil and water quality improvement state tax credit program.

"It focuses attention on the issue of how farmers can fund and implement conservation methods," said ISA President Brian Kemp of Sibley. He said conservation is a top priority for soybean farmers.

"That language in the document reflects a willingness to look at creative ideas," added ISA president-elect Tom Oswald of Cleghorn.

Other notable policy additions or changes include the support of:

* An expedited process for approval and acceptance of biotechnology products in the European Union and across all export markets.

* A 1.7 billion gallon Renewable Volume Obligation for the Renewable Fuel Standard for biomass-based biodiesel.

* An interstate commerce clause in livestock regulations. No state should adopt more stringent regulations than federal requirements for livestock operations and livestock products.

* Upgrading of the nation's energy infrastructure grid and efforts to protect farmers' property rights within the easement and land acquisition process, as well as efforts to hold companies securing those easements and building infrastructure accountable for ongoing damage to private property.

* Maintenance and improvement of river locks and dams which maintain water-shipping levels in a manner that sustains barge traffic and does not inhibit agricultural production. Funding should first preserve the existing system and then build new 1,200 foot lock chambers if more is available.

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