August 24, 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
Senator Ernst Visits AAI Member Companies During Iowa 99 County Tour

Asmus Farm Supply, Rake, IA 

Asmus Farm Supply, of Rake Iowa was given the opportunity to host Senator Joni Ernst during her 99 county tour across Iowa on Wednesday, August 16 th . During her visit, Harlan and Amy Asmus, the owners of Asmus Farm Supply and employees gave a tour of the facility. Read More

Two Rivers Coop, Monroe, IA

Senator Ernst also made a stop at another AAI member location on Thursday. Ernst visited the Two Rivers Co-op location in Monroe and spoke with employees and farmers, received a tour from Two Rivers General Manager Tracy Gathman, and answered some questions from a few members of the media.

September 7 Golf Event Celebrates New Location: Honey Creek Resort

The Honey Creek Resort golf club "The Preserve on Rathbun Lake" in Moravia, IA is our final stop on the 2017 golf tournament roster. Join us on this  7,000-yard course on September 7. We begin the day at 11 AM with a shotgun start and will have lunch on the course. Thank you to EBS/Holmes Murphy for providing lunch, Midwest Labs for our 2nd Flight Champion Prizes, AGP for our Champion Team Prizes, and CoBank for sponsoring the Snack Cart! 

Only $95 per person to attend. All golfers are eligible for fantastic door prizes including golf bags, pro shop gift cards, swag,  and much more! Get golf info here:  

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Diligent Management Still Key to Avoid Spread of Palmer Amaranth in Iowa Fields 
State, federal and extension experts are encouraging Iowa farmers to stay vigilant in their efforts to control Palmer amaranth. Iowa lawmakers added this fast-growing weed to Iowa's noxious weed list in July as a response to a significant increase in the presence of Palmer across Iowa in 2016.

"Now is time for farmers to get out and scout fields for Palmer amaranth, especially if they know it is in their area or have land that was planted with a native seed mix in recent years.  Palmer grows very quickly and produces a tremendous amount of seed, so our best chance to control this weed is to catch it and destroy it before it goes to seed," said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. Read More

New Federal Research Grant to Study Impact of 4R Nutrient Stewardship
by: TFI

The Foundation for Agronomic Research (FAR) has been selected to receive a $1 million research grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR) to study the impact suites of 4R Nutrient Stewardship practices have on the movement of nutrients in corn and soybean cropping systems. The grant is matched with $1 million in funds from the 4R Research Fund.

"The lack of data that links the agronomic and environmental benefits of 4R practices across a wide variety of conditions is a critical information gap that needs be addressed," said Chris Jahn, President of The Fertilizer Institute. "With this research, we hope to qualify and quantify the impact of using the 4Rs in order to give certainty to farmers, and sound guidance to environmental programs, and policy decision makers." Read More 

Cover Crop & Soil Health Field Day Near Orange City: Sept. 13

pictured above: Jon Kiel, Owner Kiel Farms, Orange City, IA

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with West Branch of the Floyd River Watershed Project, will host a cover crop and soil health field day Wednesday, September 13th. The field day will be held at Jonathon and Crystal Kiel's farm, rural Orange City.  

Presenters include Jonathan and Crystal Kiel from Orange City, Mark Licht a Extension and Outreach Cropping Specialist at Iowa State University, and Liz Juchems the events coordinator for Iowa Learning Farms.

The field day will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Kiel Farm, 4449 Hickory Ave, Orange City.   The workshop is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. RSVP to Sioux County NRCS office at 712-737-2253 Ext. 3 or email

For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit the website: .

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AAI Executive Committee Meeting
August 31
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September 4
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September 7

AAI/AAI Services Joint Board Meeting
September 8
Honey Creek Golf Resort

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September 15
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Huxley Learning Center
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