National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Ross today recognized Iowa Senator Joni Ernst with NCGA’s 2020 President’s Award. The President’s Award is given annually at NCGA’s Corn Congress meeting in Washington, D.C., to a leader who has worked to advance issues important to corn growers and agriculture. Due to COVID-19, this year’s Corn Congress was held as a one-day online meeting.
“Senator Ernst’s steadfast advocacy of corn farmers has not gone unnoticed, and it is an honor to present her with this year’s NCGA President’s Award,” Ross said. “Senator Ernst has, time and again, stood up to the EPA and fought back against the Agency’s efforts to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard. She is a true champion of corn growers.”
In a video to the virtual Corn Congress, Ernst revisited some recent victories for corn farmers and biofuel producers, including year-round E15 and ratification of USMCA. Ernst also highlighted her work to address EPA’s abuse of refinery waivers and her support for a strong RFS.
“I am so honored to receive this year’s President’s Award,” Ernst said. “I’m proud to be a voice, every day, for Iowans and our nation’s ag and biofuel communities. I will continue to fight relentlessly for you.”
Ernst sits on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Committee on Environment and Public Works, Committee on Armed Services, Committee on the Judiciary, and Committee on Small Business and Administration. Elected in November 2014, Ernst is the first woman to serve in federal elected office from the State of Iowa and the first female combat veteran elected to serve in the United States Senate.
NCGA is taking a series of actions to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic fallout it is creating for corn farmers and our customers. Short term, this means instituting policies to protect the health and safety of our stakeholders and the broader communities we serve. Long term, we’re focused on creating solutions to help corn farmers and our customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.
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