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Pork Producers Concerned About Country of Origin Labeling

(Des Moines) -- The state's pork producers while attending  the annual Iowa Pork Congress... were discussing possible scenarios that could hurt pork exports.  Bill Tentinger of Le Mars has just completed his term as president of the pork organization.  He says producers are talking about the country of origin labeling requirement, and how it may have the potential to disrupt pork exports.  The pork official says the new rule violates the terms of the World Trade Organization, and he says the U-S currently exports up to 28 percent of its pork product.
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It is estimated the pork industry contributes nearly $5 billion annually to Iowa's economy.


Steve Nogel Promoted At AGP

(Omaha, NE) -- Steve Nogel has been promoted to Vice President of the Renewable Fuels Group at Ag Processing Inc., a cooperative (AGP).  Nogel, who has over 35 years of experience in the petroleum and renewable fuels business including 14 years at AGP, most recently served as Senior Director of the Renewable Fuels Group.  He joined AGP as Director of Sales and Marketing.

"Steve Nogel has provided AGP with many years of dedicated service, commitment and increasing responsibility in our renewable fuels business," said Cal Meyer Group Vice President, Processing, Refined Oils and Renewable Fuels.  "We look forward to his leadership and business expertise in his new position as Vice President of the Renewable Fuels Group."

Prior to joining AGP, Nogel served as Vice President of Sales for Power Service Products, a chemical company based in Texas, where he worked for 21 years.  He holds a Master's Degree in Business from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

AGP (, the largest farmer-owned soybean processor in the world, is owned by 179 local and regional cooperatives representing over 250,000 farmers from 15 states throughout the United States.  Corporate headquarters are located in Omaha, Nebraska.


Iowa Farm Bureau Establishes Legislative Priorities

(West Des Moines) -- Iowa Farm Bureau Federation members take on property tax reform, water quality, and infrastructure improvements in the 2013 legislative session.

Farm Bureau members say Iowa's unprecedented property tax growth impacts all Iowans.  "Property taxes have increased by over $2 billion since the the year 2000, an increase of over 75 percent," said Craig Hill, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation president.  "Farm Bureau members believe the primary objective of property tax reform should be to reduce the property tax burden on all classes of property.  As lawmakers address issues such as commercial property tax reform, Iowans need to be assured that any reform affecting one class of property would not bring a shift to other classes of property.  In addition, reasonable property tax growth limitations are needed so property tax collections do not continue to outpace the economy and family wages," Hill said.

Controlling growth of property taxes is just one of several priorities named by IFBF.  Members also support using the state's one-time ending fund balance, which will total hundreds of millions of dollars on one-time expenditures such as property tax relief or infrastructure, as opposed to being used for ongoing expenses.

Hill says, "We're at the point where more and more local governments are turning to bonding as an alternative source of revenue to pay for deteriorating rural roads.  Last year alone, rural property owners paid over $140 million in property taxes to their local roads and bridges," said Hill.  IFBF policy calls for an increase in the fuel tax to bring additional revenue for road improvements.  "Iowa's fuel tax hasn't been increased since 1989 and would insure that users of the roads, including out-of-state motorists, are paying directly for the infrastructure repairs.  A user fee is definitely the most equitable and fair method of funding.


Pork Producers Convene In Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Some of Iowa's top pork producers are
meeting to talk about their product.
The Iowa Pork Producers Association meets Thursday in Des Moines
to conclude its annual Iowa Pork Congress. The event features a
trade show with 275 exhibitors from the U.S. and abroad.
The event, which began Wednesday, will feature a dozen free
business seminars and training sessions for producers.
Several top producers from surrounding Midwest states also are
expected to attend.
The association says the pork industry contributes nearly $5
billion annually to Iowa's economy.


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