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August 31, 2017
Monticello, IA— August 24, 2017
Innovative Ag Services (IAS) was host to Senator Joni Ernst as part of her 99-county tour. She met with over a dozen Jones county representatives from various aspects of the community. Senator Ernst’s tour is focusing on the Farm Bill. She said she is focusing on farm policies, food and nutrition.
Rick Vaughan, CEO of IAS, said in his industry as a farm supply cooperative, there are a lot of rules that have to be followed, making it hard for business.
“You get frustrated with rules and regulations,” he said. “There seems to be a breath of fresh air with this last transition about some of those things.”
Ernst offered, “If there are particular regulations that you think we need to go back and work on, I’m happy to do that.”
Vaughan said one thing he’d like to see discussed and looked at in Washington concerns food prices.
“We have the cheapest food in the world and one reason we have the cheapest food in the world is self-sufficiency,” said Vaughan. “I’d like to see more of a cost-sharing initiative/exercise to help us with some of the things we should be doing in production ag.”
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