House File 2424 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 2424 BY COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE (SUCCESSOR TO HF 2210) A BILL FOR An Act relating to the establishment of an urban-ag academy 1 under the board of regents. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 5798HV (1) 85 jr/nh
H.F. 2424 Section 1. NEW SECTION . 262.101 Agriculture and urban 1 economies —— legislative intent. 2 The general assembly recognizes that state legislative 3 bodies in Iowa and across the country are becoming more 4 urban and inclusive of more minority groups, and many policy 5 discussions concern the differences between urban and rural 6 interests. Both rural and urban districts stand to reap 7 enormous benefits from increased understanding of the benefits 8 of agriculture for urban economies and the issues faced 9 by rural constituencies. Therefore, the general assembly 10 encourages the board of regents, through its three state 11 universities, to conduct a national urban-ag academy once a 12 year to give state legislators in Iowa and around the country 13 an opportunity to expand their knowledge of agricultural and 14 rural policy issues, so that, they too, may engage in effective 15 public policymaking. 16 Sec. 2. NEW SECTION . 262.102 National urban-ag academy. 17 1. To the extent practicable and contingent upon available 18 funding, the board of regents, through the institutions under 19 the board’s control, may annually conduct a national urban-ag 20 academy to update, inform, and enhance the knowledge of 21 state legislative policymakers around the country regarding 22 agricultural issues and concerns. 23 2. The purpose of the academy is to create a forum for 24 interactive problem solving and the exchange of ideas related 25 to agriculture, animal production, energy, conservation, 26 agricultural education, and new technologies. The goal of 27 the academy shall be to bring urban, minority, and rural 28 legislators and other policymakers together with experts in 29 agriculture, rural development, and other relevant areas, to 30 create opportunities for all legislators to be fully informed 31 concerning issues and policy initiatives relating to the 32 agricultural sector. 33 EXPLANATION 34 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 35 -1- LSB 5798HV (1) 85 jr/nh 1/ 2
H.F. 2424 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 1 This bill encourages the board of regents to conduct an 2 annual urban-ag academy to provide opportunities for urban, 3 minority, and rural legislators and policymakers to meet with 4 experts in agriculture, rural development, and other similar 5 areas to create opportunities for legislators to be fully 6 informed concerning agricultural issues. 7 Establishment of the academy is contingent on available 8 funding. 9 -2- LSB 5798HV (1) 85 jr/nh 2/ 2