BUTLER COUNTY, IOWA – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a family farmer, completed his two social media series called #CornWatch and #SoybeanWatch for 2020. The annual series gives followers an inside look at farming operations on the Grassley family farm in New Hartford, Iowa. Over the course of 28 weeks, he highlighted the progression, from planting to harvest, of the farm’s corn and soybean crops.
“Most people have never stepped foot on a family farm, let alone know about all the complexities that go into planting, growing and harvesting a bountiful crop. The purpose of my #CornWatch and #SoybeanWatch series is to highlight how only 2 percent of Americans do the work that feeds and fuels the world.
“The process of seeing a crop from beginning to end is one that many wouldn’t have an opportunity to see, including most of my colleagues in Washington. My hope is that everyone was able to learn more about farming through my series and how important farming is to our country’s success,” Grassley said.
As one of only two farmers in the United States Senate and the senior senator of one of the top agricultural states in the country, Grassley has been an outspoken advocate for farmers and Rural America. Grassley has been a steadfast proponent of the Renewable Fuel Standard. He’s continued to act as a watchdog over the EPA and work with President Trump and his administration so the agency does not undercut ethanol and biodiesel production. Grassley’s also been a champion for the biodiesel industry, ensuring that the biodiesel tax credit was guaranteed by Congress through 2022.
Iowa farmers have had a particularly difficult year due to market disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the severe derecho storm that hit the state and drought. Grassley worked with his colleagues while crafting federal pandemic relief legislation to ensure farmers weren’t left behind, including providing an additional $14 billion for the Commodity Credit Corporation and $9.5 billion specifically for agricultural producers.
Following the derecho, Grassley visited Cedar Rapids to meet with residents affected by the storm and local officials to discuss their response. He then partnered with Senator Ernst (R-Iowa), Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Trump administration to ensure Iowa families, small businesses and farmers were getting support.
This is the third year in a row that Grassley has featured his #CornWatch series and the second year in a row of the #SoybeanWatch series which he shared with his social media followers. Grassley created both of these series to help provide additional education about the important crops to Iowa.
To see Grassley’s #CornWatch series in its entirety, click HERE.
To see Grassley’s #SoybeanWatch series in its entirety, click HERE.