An Iowa Senate panel wants to give farmers a tax break for donating produce to food banks.
A Senate Ways and Means subcommittee approved the measure Thursday. It now moves to the full committee for review.
The bill would give an incentive for small farmers to donate produce by providing a 15 percent state income tax break on the market value of donations worth under $5,000. The measure also would create a $2 million budget for the Iowa Food Bank Association to purchase and transport commodities to its agencies in Iowa’s 99 counties.
Gov. Terry Branstad vetoed a similar budget request last year.
Cory Berkenes, state director of the IFBA, says the federal government used to purchase commodities but their organization now incurs more of the cost.