July 13, 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
AAI Visits Growmark 

Pictured above: (from left to right), Shawn Richmond, Joel Brinkmeyer, Shelly Kruse, Tom Severson, Reilly Vaughan, Tim Berkland, Chad Ingels, and Liz Hobart.

AAI staff members have been visiting the Iowa retail offices of the Growmark System this month. Coordinated by Liz Hobart, Government Relations Manager for Growmark, four meetings were held at retail headquarter locations: Three Rivers FS, Dyersville; New Century FS, Grinnell; Agriland FS, Winterset, and AgVantage FS, Waverly. Discussions were held with local General Managers Chris Salrin, Dwayne "Jake" Jacobs, John Knobloch, and Shelly Kruse, respectively, and their key personnel. 

The GMs presented information regarding each of their core businesses, with particular emphasis on the changing agronomy business. AAI provided an overview of our current business model, as well as that of INREC, the Ag Legal Defense Fund, and the AAI Foundation. Common legislative and regulatory concerns were shared along with some strategic ideas for actions going forward.  Each meeting was closed out with detailed discussions of the INREC progress measurement pilot project and the recently launched Agribusiness Environmental Partnership.

Growmark personnel attending each meeting in addition to Liz, included Randy Seligman, and Tim Berkland. AAI personnel included Joel Brinkmeyer, Reilly Vaughan, Shawn Richmond, Chad Ingels, and Roger Webster.

Summer Golf Sponsorship Opportunities are Selling Out!  

Our first golf events are right around the corner! Join us July 25 in Dike at Fox Ridge and July 26 in Arnolds Park at Emerald Hills for our first co-hosted events with AGP. Download our sponsor brochure today and be visible to over 350 golfers this summer!  http://agribiz.org/golf/ 

Golfers are $95 per golfer per event! 

Board of Director Nominations Due!

The Agribusiness Association of Iowa (AAI) is currently seeking nominations for our upcoming Board of Directors elections. AAI's Board of Directors serve a vital role in shaping the policy of the association on behalf of the membership. Elected directors serve a term of three years, and are eligible to serve three consecutive terms. All AAI members are eligible for nomination.  Please email n ominations to beth@agribiz.org by July 17.

Terms are effective October 1, 2017, and new board members will be invited to attend the September 8 Board meeting. Official AAI election ballots will be mailed out to voting members after nominations are finalized. Please email nominations to beth@agribiz.org by July 17.
AAI Summer Education

ASC Ag Industry & Crop Management
Summer Workshop
Tuesday, August 8
Are you offering the best advice to your farmers?  Make sure you have the best information available - attend the August 8, 2017 Agribusiness Showcase & Conference (ASC) Ag Industry & Crop Management  Summer Workshop! The Summer Workshop will have a special focus on 4R technology, plus the latest info on Palmer Amaranth, crop diseases, and hands-on experience in the herbicide injury plots.  Don't miss this opportunity - be your client's best resource! Registration is $50, FREE admission to all those who paid for the February 14 conference! More Information

Grain Grading Workshop 
Tuesday, August 15 or Wednesday, August 16
The one-day hands-on workshops will feature the latest information on grain quality. Workshops will be under the direction of the Federal Grain Inspection Service inspectors from the National Grain Center. More Information 

Nurse Tank Testing Workshop 
Tuesday, August 29
The association is working with USDOT and IDALS to provide you with accurate information on becoming qualified to test your own tanks at your own facilities. 1. Contact your insurance agent with regard to your company liability if you choose to certify your own staff. 2. For a complete list of all certification and record keeping requirements please go to http://www.nursetank.org and go click on the nurse tank inspector information. Classes taught by the US DOT. More Information 

Webinar: 2017 Transportation Rules for Farmers
by: Iowa Farm Bureau

In anticipation of harvest, farmers need the latest information on regulations and exemptions that apply to them as they transport their crops. Webinar participants will receive valuable information regarding registrations and licensing of farm vehicles, pre-trip inspections, cargo securement, vehicle weight, requirements with lights & flashers, and much more. This unique opportunity to ask an Iowa Highway Trooper specific questions via text during the webinar can be a valuable resource for farmers. Read More

Budget Outlook for New Farm Bill
by: Agribusiness Report

The Congressional Budget Office has its latest estimate of baseline funding available for the next farm bill. They say the last farm bill saved much more than expected on food stamps and crop insurance.  Read More

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Upcoming Events
& Meeting
AAI Board Meeting
10:00 AM
July 11
AAI Board Room

Fox Ridge Golf Club
Dike, IA
July 25
Co-Hosted w/ AGP

Emerald Hills Golf Course
Arnolds Park, IA
July 26
Co-Hosted w/ AGP

Tournament Club of Iowa
August 3
Co-Hosted w/ United Services Association

Iowa Certified Crop Adviser Exam
August 4
Ames, IA
registration deadline June 23

CCA Summer Workshop
August 8
Field Extension
Education Laboratory
Boone, IA

8:00 AM- 3:30 PM
Ziegler CAT Facility
Altoona, IA

The Preserve at
Rathbun Lake
September 7

Asmark Posters

Set of three - $15.00 
Each - $6.00 

We have a limited supply of these, so please order as soon as possible.

Thank you for making AAI great!
2017 Golf Sponsors

Agribusiness Association of Iowa 
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