February 22 , 2018
A five-minute summary of AAI, regulation, and industry activities for members of the largest state agribusiness association in the nation.
In This Issue

All members of the association receive a free listing in the annual membership directory - published each April. To be accurately listed, i t is important to inform AAI of changes. 

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If not received by this date, non-renewing members will not be included and current  member listings will be printed as-is.

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Deadline Friday, March 9, 2018

Iowa Agribusiness Environmental Partnership Founding Members Recognized at 2018 ASC

Joel Brinkmeyer, AAI CEO, addressing the attending membership during the annual meeting on Feb 13, 2018. 

Founding Members of the Iowa Agribusiness Environmental Partnership (IAEP) were recognized during the Agribusiness Association of Iowa's Annual meeting in Des Moines. Each attending company received a plaque in recognition of their commitment to the partnership. 

This partnership recognizes the environmental values our members share with other Iowa agribusiness companies in supporting agriculture and food production, and highlights the high standards of environmental services provided through crop consulting and product use in agriculture.

Partners in the program provide growers and the general public a clear understanding of the agribusiness sector's shared environmental values and commitments, leadership to assist farmers and landowners in advancing environmental stewardship, and progress toward meeting environmental goals. Our goal is a strong sign-up to further engage environmental stewardship, and demonstrate to policymakers and the public the environmental leadership of our industry.

Above: Partnership members of twenty-nine supporting and advising companies attended the AAI annual meeting to receive their founding member plaques.

Related Articles In The News: 
AAI Foundation Provides $15,000 to Iowa Community College Ag Students 
Pictured above: Students scholarship recipients and industry sponsors at the 2018 Agribusiness Career Day after scholarship awards on Feb 14, 2018, in Des Moines.

The Agribusiness Association of Iowa (AAI) Foundation awards 15 scholarships each year to ag students who attend an Iowa Community College in the spring of 2018. Scholarships were awarded during  the Agribusiness Career Day on February 14, 2018. Each $1,000 scholarship is sponsored by an industry member company. Launched in 2014, the ABC Day is celebrating its five year anniversary. The 2018 event set a record for attendance with more than 240 students. 

Doug Frodl of Northern Country Coop in Staceyville, Iowa, spoke to students on the importance of internships and being prepared when entering the job market. A panel of speakers discussing global agriculture, moderated by Agribusiness Report anchor David Geiger, included Charles Boateng - Monsanto Huxley  Learning Center; Tara Howell - Kent  Nutrition Group; and Rosalind Fox - John Deere Des Moines Works. Other speakers included: Joel Brinkmeyer, AAI CEO, and David Chaffin, Iowa CCA Program board member. 

Keynote speaker, Chad Pregracke, Founder of Living Lands and Waters, gives the attending students a real-world talk about self-motivation, determination, and what it feels like to succeed. 

The AAI Foundation brought in Chad Pregracke from East Moline, Illinois, to speak to the students. In 1998, at the age of 23, Chad founded Living Lands & Waters and in 2013 Chad was named CNN's Hero of the Year for his conservation work on the Mississippi River. 

Ultimately, Chad's message is about much more than cleaning rivers. He believes his story is proof that anyone can make a difference.  "If I had one thing to say, it wouldn't even be about rivers necessarily. It would be about finding (a) cause that's dear to you and taking action...." said Chad.  "Change is slow, like a barge or train, (but) once it builds momentum, it's hard to stop."

Keynote Speaker Sponsored by:
Iowa Farm Bureau

Career Day Event Sponsored by:
Farm Credit Service of America

Scholarships Sponsored by: 
AgVision, Crop Production Services, Eldon C. Stutsman, Inc.,  Farm Credit Service of America, Growmark, Heartland Coop, INTL FCStone, Iowa Biotech Association (2), Iowa CCA Program, Landus Coop, and River Valley Coop.

Dicamba Training In Full Swing In Iowa
by: Agribusiness Report

John Cantwell, Monsanto, speaking at the afternoon plenary session Dicamba panel discussion to over 200 Iowa Certified Crop Advisers and industry professionals on Feb 13, 2018. 

Agribusinesses are getting ready for the 2018 growing season by preparing for a new seed variety that is resistant to the herbicide dicamba.

Dicamba has been used for decades, but with the new varieties, improper use caused thousands of complaints by neighbors last year. So new training requirements were announced. Applicators have to be certified and get dicamba specific training.

A dicamba discussion was held in Des Moines last week at the Agribusiness Showcase and Conference. John Cantwell with Monsanto explained there will be nearly two million acres of their variety on Iowa farm ground this year. They also have a good estimate of numbers - nine out of ten customers in the past had good weed control that did not impact neighbors. Read More

CF Industries Among 'Iowa Ag Leaders' Recognized at Showcase
by: The Daily Reporter

CF Industries representatives (above) accepted the company's Iowa Ag Leader Award from Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey (center) at the Agribusiness Association of Iowa's Agribusiness Showcase & Conference at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced two agribusinesses and two Certified Crop Advisers as recipients of the Secretary's Iowa Ag Leader Award for outstanding leadership in improving Iowa's water quality. Northey recognized Farmers Cooperative Society from Sioux Center, CF Industries and CCAs Jason Gomes owner of North Iowa Agronomy Partners in Waverly and Joe Lally from Denison.

"Businesses like Farmers Cooperative Society and CF Industries, as well as certified crop advisers, like Jason Gomes and Joe Lally, have shown real leadership in advancing water quality efforts in our state," Northey said. Read More

Related Articles: 
ADM, Syngenta Settle Lawsuit Over Biotech Corn Exports to China
by: The Gazette

U.S. grain merchant Archer Daniels Midland Co has settled a lawsuit with Syngenta over the seed company's launch of a biotech corn strain that roiled grain exports to China, according to regulatory documents filed on Friday.

ADM sued Syngenta four years ago for selling the corn variety known as Agrisure Viptera or MIR 162 before it was approved for import by China, an importer on U.S. grain. China rejected U.S. corn cargoes that contained the unauthorized strain, which caused financial losses for ADM, according to the lawsuit. Read More

WOTUS: Ag Groups Back in Court to Block EPA's "Waters" Rule
by: DTN

Three years after President Barack Obama's administration finalized the waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule in 2015, agriculture groups and states find themselves in a familiar position - back in court to block the rule.

In the latest move, the American Farm Bureau Federation and other agriculture groups petitioned the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Galveston for a preliminary injunction on the rule on Wednesday. The groups told the court they fear the rule could become law if a handful of states have their way. Read More

Key Competitors Investing More in Ag Export Promotion 
by: Brownfield 

A new study brings to light the importance of investing in foreign ag export promotion programs.

U.S. Grains Council (USGC) CEO Tom Sleight says the analysis conducted by Informa Economics shows key competitors like the European Union, Australia, and Brazil have taken significant steps to ramp up spending while the U.S. puts fewer dollars into export promotion efforts.

"What it indicates is that competition continues to increase every day.  And we've been sort of fighting this battle with a static level of engagement for quite some time now." Read More

State GOP Leaders Call on Cruz to Stop Blocking Northey Nomination
by: The Courier

Iowa Republicans in 2016 picked him to be the party's presidential candidate.  Now Iowa's state Republican Party leaders are calling on Ted Cruz to stand down from his stonewalling of an Iowan's nomination to a federal agriculture department post.

The Republican Party of Iowa's leadership committee on Monday sent to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz a letter asking the Texas Republican to stop blocking the nomination of Iowa ag secretary Bill Northey to a federal ag department post.

Northey has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve in the U.S. ag department, but Cruz has blocked the nomination in the Senate. Read More

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2018 ASC Sponsors

Houston Engineering, Inc.
CHS, Inc.
Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network
CPS Wholesale
Precision Tank, Inc. (WIFI)

Mid-State Tank Co., Inc.
Eldon C. Stutsmans, Inc.
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