January 4 , 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
AAI Legislative Breakfast Jan 23

The annual AAI Legislative breakfast is just a few short weeks away.  Staff, board, and committee members will be at the state Capitol the morning of January 23 to interact with state legislators. 

The breakfast is an opportunity to talk with policy makers from across the state near the beginning of the session and help them connect with the people who are represented by AAI. The event often draws government officials such as the Governor and Secretary of Agriculture.

Any AAI members who wish to attend the Legislative Breakfast are welcome. Specific details are below.

Legislative Breakfast at the Iowa Capitol Building
7:30 AM, in Room 19 (lower level)

Voters to Receive IAEP Mailing

AAI voting members whose buisinesses are not already part of the Iowa Agribusiness Environmental Partnership (IAEP) will be receiving a mailing this month. The mailing will include details about the IAEP and a paper signup form.

This free member benefit was created by the Agronomy Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The purpose of the partnership is to advance environmental progress and more clearly identify the important environmental principles used in agronomic management by our members. 

If you have additional questions, please contact the home office.

Iowa AG Supports Injunction of California Glyphosate Labeling

The Agribusiness Association of Iowa joined a lawsuit against California last fall as part of a coalition of agricultural groups. California's Prop 65 would require glyphosate to be labeled as a probable carcinogen. The regulatory bodies of the US, EU, Canada, and most other regulatory entities worldwide have found glyphosate to be safe.

This week, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller joined AGs from 10 other states in filing an amicus brief in support of a preliminary injunction of the labeling requirement. The injunction was requested by the coalition filing the lawsuit. 

AAI members can learn more about the Prop 65 lawsuit, how the Prop 65 requirement would affect their business, and the association's involvement at the AAI Annual Meeting during the Agribusiness Showcase and Conference on February 13, 2018. 

Catherine Hannaway with legal firm Husch Blackwell will be at the meeting to provide background on the lawsuit and an update on the legal progress.

Attendees :  
Updates are available on the 2018 Tuesday sessions and speakers.  View our  schedule of events  online.  

Register before Jan 16 and receive up to $50 off your admission. All attendees are invited to the brand new Wednesday morning breakfast featuring the antics of Chris Cakes, a pancake company you'll flip for!

Attention 2018 Exhibitors: Booth assignments will be made AFTER Jan 5, 2018. Please look for that announcement in your email. 

Back for the 2018 ASC is the exhibitor only thank you raffle! All exhibiting staff who are registered by Jan 5, 2018 will be placed into our exhibitor only drawing! Our show wouldn't be a success without all our amazing exhibitors. Our thank you raffle prizes will be handed out mid-day on Feb 14, 2018. 

Exhibitor Quick Access Materials: 
2018 Safety Data Sheets Manual 

The Asmark Institute compiled 19 years of Safety Data Sheet requests into this comprehensive Nineteenth Edition which contains:
  • 870+ SDS for the materials sold or used at Farm Centers
  • 1,880 pages of information (8.5"x11")
  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Fertilizers
  • Shop Products
  • Fuel and Oil Products
  • Paints
  • Micronutrients
  • Maintenance Products

Trade Complaints Soared In 2017

by: Agribusiness Report
Trade complaints soared in 2017. There have been 79 new trade investigations since January by U.S. agriculture and industry against foreign competitors. That makes 2017 the busiest year for anti-dumping and subsidy cases at the U.S. Commerce Department since 2001.

American Farm Bureau trade adviser Dave Salmonsen says more trade means more cases and the Trump team is bringing more cases directly.

Salmonsen says, "The Trump administration came in and has said they want to do more enforcement. They thought there were rules that weren't being followed. So I think you're seeing companies both manufacturing and some in ag looking to that to bring cases." Read More

Attend 'GrowingOn' Meeting
by: Wallaces Farmer

Farm Credit Services of America hosts its GrowingOn meetings each year as part of the farm lender's commitment to be a dependable and reliable partner during all agricultural financial cycles: the downtimes as well as the uptimes. In January, 17 meetings will be held in Iowa Jan. 3-23. Ag lending representatives and farm management specialists will take a new look at factors affecting profitability for producers, as well as strategies and tools farmers can use to improve their farming operations. Read More

2017 Census of Agriculture
by: Agribusiness Report
Agribusiness Report Anchor David Geiger interviews Greg Thessen, USDA NASS Upper Midwest Regional Office Director. 

Geiger: Could you explain why the census is important?
Thessen: A  couple reasons, the census is sent out to every producer once every five years and it really provides a uniform and comprehensive set of information that tells the story of U.S. agriculture. No matter how big or small the operation might be for a given producer. It gives all the producers the chance to have input into those numbers, which are used throughout the industry but helps them give them a voice to tell the story of agriculture, number one. But it's also used throughout the industry for other things such as agribusinesses use it to determine where they might want to locate a new facility, promote a new product, or with other USDA programs that impact farmers, how that funding is allocate, and a lot of times whether they want to develop new rural infrastructure projects. Things like that all come from the census of agriculture. Watch Full Interview
Farm Photos Of 2017 Show Life In Ag
by: AgWeek

Agweek  put out a quick request for photos on social media. In about 24 hours, they received nearly 70 photos from across the U.S. and Canada. They include photos of kids on the farm, of crops in field as well as being planted and harvested. There are cattle and sheep. And there are sunsets, sunrises and rainbows galore.

The photos tell stories of hardships - like burnt-up combines and dusty dry pastures - and of good crops and good times. Some might make you cry, but others likely will make you laugh - like one of a farmer wakeboarding through a wet field. Read More

Your company can participate in the 2018 ASC Student
Job Fair!

Click here for more details.
(No cost for current ASC exhibitors.)

Dicamba/auxin training sessions can be found at:
Upcoming Events
& Meeting
New Years Holiday
Office Closed
January 1, 2018

Advanced Grain Elevator Operations Management Short Course
Jan 8 - 12, 2018
Ames, Iowa
AAI Executive Committee Meeting
Jan 16, 2018
10 AM
AAI Board Room 

AAI Legislative Breakfast
Jan 23, 2018
7 - 9 AM
Iowa Capital

AAI Board Meeting
Jan 23, 2018
9:30 AM
AAI Board Room

Agribusiness Showcase & Conference
Feb 13-14, 2018
VI Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds

AAI Annual 2018 Member Meeting
Feb 13, 2018
2:00 PM
VI Building, Iowa State Fairgounds
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2018 ASC Sponsors
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