December 7 , 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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Craig Hill: Together We Must Fight Misinformation About Ag 
by: DSM Register

Misinformation about food and farming that gets shared on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels threatens gains in agriculture, the leader of Iowa's largest ag group said Wednesday.

"It seems that people who don't farm and don't understand farming have plenty of opinions about how we, as farmers, should be farming," Craig Hill, president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, told about 1,000 farmers Wednesday.

"This new threat that's emerged is one that places limits on our progress," Hill said during the group's annual meeting in Des Moines.

Hill said after his speech he's concerned about people who don't use "a lot of science or education," spreading messages that "prey on people's fears." Read More

Instructor Uses Conservation Practices To Teach Students
Iowa's 2017 Ag Education Teacher of the Year is practicing what he teaches while farming his 122 cropland acres in Story County, near Nevada. Kevin Cooper has no-tilled his corn and soybeans for about a decade, and this year added cover crops by seeding 30 acres of oats into soybeans in August.

Cooper, a longtime teacher at Nevada High School, purchased farmland in 2001. Although much of Story County is known for its flat topography, Cooper's farm ground is located in the southeast part of the county where gently rolling hills are prone to soil erosion.

According to soil conservationist Hillary Olson, with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and one of Cooper's former students who helped him develop his conservation plan, the oats are Cooper's introductory lesson to farming with cover crops. "The oats will help with erosion control and keep living roots in the soil for a longer period of time," says Olson. "Radishes or turnips might be other options to help break soil compaction and to help with soil biology." Read More

Prestage Reversal Still a Hot Issue in North Iowa
by: Brownfield News
Reversal on a proposed pork processing plant in northern Iowa remains a polarizing event for the area.
North-central Iowa pork producer Larry Sailer says the controversy surrounding Prestage Farms looking to build a pork processing plant near Mason City and the ensuing public outcry that lead to Prestage officials moving the project to Eagle Grove is still a very hot issue.

"Just the fact that the packing plant didn't go away, it just moved about 50 miles.  And the perception is that we're going to build a lot more facilities, which is actually a good thing.  It's good for our economy, it's more jobs." Read More

CHS Inc. Closes Plant in Creston

CHS Inc.  (NASDAQ:CHSCP) abruptly closed its plant in Hutchinson, Kansas; a plant in Creston, Iowa; and innovation and technology center in Eagan, Minnesota. The closures announced by CHS, the country's largest farmer-owned co-operative, resulted in 144 layoffs.

While the locations are already closed, employees will be paid through to January 30, 2018.  The company said the closures were done in order to restore "financial flexibility" and position the company for "long-term success."

The closure of the Hutchinson facility resulted in the biggest job losses, at 77. At the Creston facility, 53 employees were laid off.

CHS Inc. is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers, and cooperatives across the U.S. The Fortune 100 company supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients, along with insurance, financial, and risk management services. Read More


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