February 2, 2017
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Great Events Happening at the 2017 ASC in Des Moines | FEBRUARY 14-15
2017 Agribusiness Showcase & Conference (ASC) organizing committee has put together another great event! The ASC will kick off with a reception at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, February 14 at the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Our featured speaker for the night will be Damian Mason. Damian is a hilarious keynote speaker using high energy and current issues that impact business and agriculture. With 23 years of thrilled audiences, we are excited to have him at our 2017 ASC. 

Other featured speakers: 
Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds
All Industry Luncheon 
Wednesday, February 15

Iowa Secretary of Ag Bill Northey
Member Luncheon
Tuesday, February 14

Other featured events: 
Environmental Technology Forum 
Showcase Stage
Wednesday, February 15

FieldWatch Reception & Informational Meeting 
Conference Room A
Wednesday, February 15

Conservation College 
Conference  Room C
Wednesday, February 15

FSMA 
Conference Room D
Wednesday, February 15


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Get updates on INREC activities and the Water Works Lawsuit, featured speaker Ernie Goss from Creighton University, and a special update on the future of AAI at the All Member Annual Meeting, February 14, 2017. 

The All Member Annual Meeting starts with a provided lunch at 11:50 AM on February 14 at the Showcase and Conference. Don't miss this opportunity to tune in to AAI.

REGISTER ONLINE! Attendance at the meeting is free, but registration is required. https://agribiz.org/annualmeeting/

Don't miss the evening activities.
You can attend the evening's All Industry Reception and the Entertainment Hour if you are registered for the Conference, as Exhibitor Staff, or have otherwise paid to be at the Showcase. Questions? Call the AAI office.

We look forward to seeing you at the All Member Meeting!

IN THE NEWS
 
Iowa Court Ruling Confirms Drainage District Immunity
by: Iowa Farmer Today 

Iowa farm groups cheered a ruling issued last week by the Iowa Supreme Court that dealt a blow to the Des Moines Water Works in its lawsuit against three northwest Iowa drainage districts.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court, is still scheduled to go to trial in late June, but farmers and farm leaders say the Jan. 27 ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court is an important one.

"I'm excited for the farmers of our county," says Jolene Riessen, a farmer from Ida Grove whose family also farms in Sac County.
[...]  READ MORE.
Mexico Tax Could Hurt Iowa Ag Exports

Last week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer suggested a 20% tax on Mexican goods as a potential way to pay for a border wall. That, along with the promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), has some Iowans worried about trade.

The Iowa Farm Bureau says Iowa is number two in agricultural exports in the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of jobs here are due to export opportunities.

President Craig Hill says, "Our corn, our soybeans, our pork, our beef, particularly our meat products, turkey included, much of that goes to Mexico, our number 1 export destination. Thirty-seven counties in Iowa receive over half of their income from agriculture. Much of agriculture income is derived from exports, so it's critically important to rural Iowa that we maintain our export opportunities." [...] READ MORE

Agren & Land O' Lakes SUSTAIN Partner on Conservation

Central Iowa-based small business,  Agren, Inc. has partnered with  Land O'Lakes, Inc. one of America's premier agribusiness and food companies, to use emerging precision conservation technology to help farmers improve soil and water quality.

The Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN business unit will use Agren's technology platform to deliver scalable, geo-spatial tools that are designed to identify highly-erodible spots in a farmer's field and plan practical, effective, in-field best practices to protect soils from erosion and improve water quality. Branded as SoilVantage®, Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN will be the first to deliver precision conservation tools and services to farmers across the US. [..] READ MORE.

Cover crop workshop to be held Feb. 23 in Central City
by: Iowa Learning Farms

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop on Thursday, February 23, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Central City American Legion Post 421. The workshop is free, open to the public, and include a complimentary lunch.

Cover crops continue to grow in popularity in Iowa due to their many benefits, reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering water bodies, increased soil organic matter and reduced soil erosion. Fall 2016 was another good season for cover crop establishment and growth, with adequate moisture and warm growing temperatures. Great fall growth can help protect the soil during the heavy rain events, and equipped with a good termination plan and equipment adjustments, farmers can minimize any potential yield impacts.

For details on the workshop, and for more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit: www.iowalearningfarms.org


USDA Crop Report Webinar
by: INTL FCStone

Arlan Suderman, Chief Commodities Economist for INTL FCStone, hosts a Free Webinar every month following the USDA Crop Reports. The next webinar is February 9th at 2:00pm CST. To register click here
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