August 10, 2017
A five-minute summary of AAI, regulation, and industry activities for members of the largest state agribusiness association in the nation.
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Iowa Grain Quality Initiative & AAI To Offer Grain Elevator Operations Management Course - Jan 2018

The Iowa Grain Quality Initiative (IGQI) and the Agribusiness Association of Iowa (AAI) will be partnering to offer a week-long course in advanced grain elevator operations management. The course will be offered on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa, U.S., Jan. 8-12, 2018. 

"We are excited to partner with Iowa State to offer this course for grain elevator managers in the state of Iowa and surrounding area," said Joel Brinkmeyer, chief executive of the AAI. "The close relationship between IGQI and the AAI Grain Committee keeps our members up to date with information on the latest technology, seasonal challenges, and regulatory changes. This course will be a new opportunity to provide professional development for front line operations managers and location superintendents."  Read More

AAI Attends Roundtable with EPA Administrator Pruitt

Photo courtesy of Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Pruitt held a roundtable discussion this week with agribusiness leaders, including representatives from AAI, to discuss disbanding the old rule and begin new rule making for the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
Representing AAI at the roundtable discussion were AAI Chair Elect Mark Morrissey, Agronomy Chair Steve Meyerholz, and AAI staff members Joel Brinkmeyer, Reilly Vaughan, and Dean Lemke. Approximately 50 commodity and agriculture leaders attended the roundtable in addition to several dignitaries including  Governor Reynolds, Lt. Governor Gregg, Senators Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst, and Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.
The Obama administration rule had the potential to impact 97% of Iowa land, a regulatory action that has been called a massive federal government overreach and a misinterpretation of the Clean Water Act.
In contrast, Administrator Pruitt described a "Rule of Law" definition, how the rule making process should and will work, and how farmers and other stakeholders will have an opportunity to collaborate in the new rule making process. AAI is submitting comments directly to the EPA regarding this future proposed rule.
The association has been active in our opposition to the existing rule adopted by the former administration's EPA leadership and many AAI members have participated in this opposition through emails and letters sent to EPA.
We will continue to monitor this rule as it evolves in an effort to protect Agribusiness that could be greatly affected by the outcome of this rule, particularly as it relates to application of crop protection products and plant nutrients, both from livestock and commercial sources.

Trade Key Topic at Ag Summit
The Ag Summit in Des Moines last weekend drew big names in agriculture and lots of discussion about international markets.
AAI Board Chair Dave Tierney and AAI Services board member José Laracuente both attended the Summit which included Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and Iowa Senators Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst.
Speakers at the Summit said they expect a new Farm Bill by December, and see great potential in export markets. A renegotiated NAFTA was seen as important for US businesses because it simplifies trade, and China, though sometimes problematic because of intellectual property issues, presents a giant market for middle class ag exports, particularly protein.
US transportation infrastructure is also seen as a priority, especially in response to the large sums of money Brazil is spending on roads, ports, and other infrastructure.

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August Cover Crop Events To Attend

Setting Up For Success with Cover Crops Series
The Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crops Initiative will be hosting three August workshops. This series is FREE and will provide meals. "Setting up for Success with Cover Crops" will be an informative, peer-sharing event, with time set aside for an open discussion revolving around cover crops, soil health, & conservation. For more information to RSVP contact Shannon Moeller at 641-861-2280 or 
The field day will start at the Jefferson County Extension Office with a complimentary meal prepared by the Jefferson County Cattlemen and welcome from ISU Extension Field Agronomist Rebecca Vittetoe.  The field day is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to help with the meal count. For more information or to RSVP contact the Jefferson County Extension office at 641-472-4166 or Rebecca Vittetoe at 319-653-4811 or Please RSVP by August 28. 
2,600 Iowa Farmers Commit $8.7 Million to Water Quality Practices

by: CropLife
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced Tuesday that a record number of Iowa farmers signed up to install nutrient reduction practices on their farm through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship's statewide water quality cost share program.

More than 2,600 farmers signed up to try cover crops, no-till/strip-till or nitrification inhibitor on more than 270,000 acres in 98 counties. The state will provide nearly $4.8 million in cost share funds to match the $8.7 million investment by Iowa farmers.

"I continue to be encouraged by the growing interest by Iowa farmers in trying practices focused on limiting nutrient loss and improving water quality. It is great to see 1,000 farmers trying a brand new practice on their farm and 1,600 farmers trying cover crops again at a reduced-rate of cost share. We are seeing farmers making a long-term commitment to learning about these new practices and seeing how they fit into their operation," Northey said. Read More

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