Branstad closed with saying he looks forward to his newest battle - the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
The RFS program was created under the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005, and established the first renewable fuel volume mandate in the United States. As required under EPAct, the original RFS program (RFS1) required 7.5 billion gallons of renewable-fuel to be blended into gasoline by 2012.
"That's important for our state," he said. "This has increased farm income in our state. We believe we need to keep a robust renewable fuel standard. We're very excited about that. I am also proud to say you are going to see the biggest property tax in Iowa history over the next ten years. But you know, we aren't done yet. We have a vision for an even brighter future for the State of Iowa."
Before closing, Branstad offered up a question to the audience.
"Are you ready to build on an even brighter future in Iowa?" he asked
The crowd responded with a round of applause.