April 13, 2017
A five-minute summary of AAI, regulation, and industry activities for members of the largest state agribusiness association in the nation.
In This Issue
Palmer Amaranth Bill

Both the Iowa House and Senate passed a bill this week classifying Palmer amaranth as a noxious weed. The governor is expected to sign the bill yet this week. AAI was signed on in support of the bill, HF 410.
The bill gives weed commissioners authority to deal with unmanaged Palmer amaranth, but defers to federal guidelines for Conservation Reserve Program acres to prevent land owners from getting squeezed between conflicting sets of weed management rules.

AAI Leadership Attends AgState Meeting 

On Monday, April 10, AAI Past Chair Tracy Gathman, Two Rivers Cooperative, and AAI CEO Joel Brinkmeyer, participated in the quarterly AgSTATE meeting. Special speakers and topics included:  DMACC President Rob Denson - Iowa Community Colleges and the Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholarship; ISU Economist Dermot Hayes - Trade Policy and Ag Exports; Paul Lasley - Immigration Policy and Ag Labor Impacts; Ed Kee, former Secretary of Agriculture, Delaware - Nuffield International Farming Scholars Program; and Wendong Zhang & Alejandro Plastina - 2017 Iowa Land Ownership Survey.

AgSTATE is an informal coalition made of Executives and Chairs of the major agricultural farm and commodity groups, including Secretary of Ag, Bill Northey, and ISU's College of Agriculture's Dean, Wendy Wintersteen. The group is now facilitated by John Miranowski, and studies macro issues affecting Iowa agriculture.

Winton Etchen Scholarship Deadline - April 24, 2017

As an AAI member do you have a connection to an ISU student pursuing an ag degree? 

Winton Etchen scholarship applicants must be sponsored with a letter of recommendation by an AAI member company. Applicants mus also be a resident of Iowa and a full-time student who has been accepted to ISU to pursue a degree in agriculture. You can download the 2017-2018 scholarship application here

The primary goal of the Winton Etchen Scholarship is to encourage Iowa youth to prepare for a career in agriculture. This scholarship program is designed to provide college financial assistance to a resident of Iowa or a dependent of an AAI member who chooses to study agriculture.

The AAI  Foundation will award one $1,000 scholarship to a full-time Iowa State University freshman agriculture student. If the student remains in the program, he or she is eligible for $250 in each of the following three years. The student must provide proof of full-time enrollment and maintain a 2.0 GPA. The scholarship is paid at the completion of the student's first semester each year.

Direct questions about scholarships to foundation@agribiz.org OR call 515-262-8323. 

A Note From IDALS About Storage of Liquid Fertilizer

Mobile (temporary) storage for liquid fertilizer is limited to a total capacity of 5000 gal or less at a location. The State of Iowa Code applies to commercial and private entities, dealers and farmers. A trailer storage system cannot be used for liquid fertilizer storage with a capacity of more than 5000 gal unless it is on a DOT approved trailer that is road worthy and legal to be moved on a highway at full capacity. Partially filling a larger tank capacity to the 5000 gal level is not permitted. The supplier and/or owner that fills non-compliant storage is responsible for the product and will be required to remove it immediately.
Quantities over 5000 gal of liquid fertilizer stored at a location are subject to secondary containment which includes loadout containment. For more information contact the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship or view Chapter 44 of the rules here.

FFA Packs 200,000 Meals
by: Agribusiness Report 

The FFA Iowa State Leadership conference lets members showcase what they're doing and also help communities all around the world.  For six years the FFA has teamed up with Meals from the Heartland in Ames to package meals. They hope to make 200,000 meals in two days this year for a total 1.4 million meals made since the collaboration began.

State Vice President Cully Forsyth says, "In Iowa we have over 200 chapters but working in the service project today we probably have a little over 150. Just helping out today making food for people around the country and around the world."

Joel Odell with Meals from the Heartland says, "What we do here is going to make a big difference all around the world. We're going to send these meals as far away as South Africa, the Philippines, Haiti. We're in the business of saving lives, the FFA is in the business of feeding people, so we're in the same business together." READ MORE

GIPSA Rule Delayed Again

It was recently announced that the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is delaying the effective date of its interim final rule an additional six months to Oct. 19, 2017.

This was viewed as a positive step in the right direction according to many livestock groups.

"This is another step toward common sense and away from counterproductive government intrusion in the free market," said Craig Uden, National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) president. "That said, while a delay is welcome, ultimately this rule should be killed and American cattle producers should be free to market our beef without the threat of government-sanctioned frivolous lawsuits." READ MORE

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Golf Tournament #1
Fox Ridge Golf Club
Dike, IA
July 25
Co-Hosted w/ AGP

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Emerald Hills Golf Course
Arnolds Park, IA
July 26
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Tournament Club of Iowa
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