Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds were in Muscatine on Wednesday discussing Iowa’s leadership in renewable energy. “Iowa has 43 ethanol plants right now, and with the growth of the biochemical industry I don’t see why we can’t have a biochemical plant side by side all 43 ethanol plants,” Branstad said.

Also while in town, Branstad discussed Iowa’s strong trade relationship with China and how Muscatine is a large part of it. “Muscatine is very familiar with the relationship with our friends in China.” Said Branstad, “It’s pretty neat when the president of China calls us old friends.” Branstad discussed how China is a significant trade partner as they buy more soy beans than any other country in the world.

Branstad and Reynolds also spent time discussing the upcoming November 8 election and stressing the importance of voting and taking advantage of voting early.

Reynolds reminded voters in attendance that “Mark Lofgren is part of the pathway to [Republican] Senate majority.”