July 6, 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
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Official Notice: Board of Director Nominations Due July 17

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.
Open Board Positions:
  • District 1 Director - Director should take special interest in representing the AAI members in their district, as well as the general AAI membership.
  • District 4 Director - Director should take special interest in representing the AAI members in their district, as well as the general AAI membership.
  • Grain Director - Director should take special interest in representing the Grain and Grain Products Industry as well as the general AAI membership. The Grain Director also serves as Chair of AAI's Grain committee which meets three to four times per year, depending on issues facing the industry. Agendas for committee meetings are prepared with the assistance of the Grain Committee Vice Chair and AAI staff.
  • At-Large Director - Director represents general AAI membership.
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.
ARA CEO Discusses DC Policy in Iowa

AAI member Heartland Coop hosted Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) President & CEO Daren Coppock for a meeting and discussion last week in Des Moines. Coppock provided an overview of the association's Washington DC activities and priorities and had general discussions with those in attendance about transportation reform and pesticide labeling.
ARA serves as the federal voice for ag retailers and works to ensure a profitable business environment for members of the association through its public policy work in Washington, DC.
AAI CEO Joel Brinkmeyer and Membership Director Reilly Vaughan attended the meeting on behalf of AAI. 

Upcoming Events | July

IFBF Economic Summit
Thursday, July 20
Iowa Farm Bureau's 2017 Economic Summit, "Overcoming Challenges.  Creating Opportunities," will help you address these issues and more. This one day conference comes at a critical time for farmers and is packed with leading national experts - like David Oppedahlwith the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; John Newton, economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation; Jim Knuth, senior vice president with Farm Credit Services of America; and Zippy DuVall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation - just to name a few. More Information 

Midwest Construction Expo & Field Day 
Wednesday, July 26 & Thursday, 27
The Iowa LICA farm east of Melbourne, Iowa is having their construction expo and field day on July 26 & 27.    Watch for more information as we get closer to the date. Everyone is welcome to attend!  More Information

WOTUS; Call for Comments But Far From New Definition
by: Wallaces Farmer

Joni Ernst (R), Iowa's junior U.S. senator, says, "I'm pleased the administration is taking another step toward eliminating this burdensome WOTUS rule. In Iowa, 97% of the land is subject to extensive overregulation by EPA, which unnecessarily hamstrings our farmers, businesses and manufacturers. All across Iowa, folks are calling for this rule to be scrapped. I urge farmers and all others who are affected by WOTUS to submit public comments to EPA regarding the need to 'ditch the rule.' We need to eliminate this overreaching regulation."

The June 27 announcement by EPA that it will repeal the current WOTUS rule and hold a public comment period marks the first step of a two-step process. After gathering public comment, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers will engage in a review of the appropriate scope of the "Waters of the United States" and develop a new definition. Read More

Related Articles:
Iowa Disappointed in EPA's Ethanol Production Mandate

T he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing that the federal production mandate for "conventional" ethanol remain at the maximum in 2018, but the requirement for biodiesel is causing concern in the industry.

Monte Shaw of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says it means at least 15 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol should be produced next year, which is the maximum amount under the Renewable Fuels Standard. Read More

USDA Secretary Perdue Confirms Participation in Iowa Ag Summit
by: CBC Online

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, has confirmed his plans to participate in the 2017 Ag Summit on Aug. 5 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. "Obviously, having a commitment from Secretary Perdue to join in this discussion signals the value he places on developing a comprehensive strategy to ensure agriculture and our country's agribusinesses are as vibrant and productive as they can be," says event organizer, Bruce Rastetter. 

This year's summit will feature perspectives from state, national and international officials and will include keynote speeches, panel discussions and agricultural exhibits. Read More

NE Iowa Farmer Leads EPC

The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) elected Chad Ingels as the Chair of the EPC. Ingels has served on the commission for the past two years and was the Vice Chair prior to the June election.

The EPC is a panel of nine citizens who provide policy oversight over Iowa's environmental protection efforts. EPC members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by vote of the Senate for four year terms. 

There are currently two seats open on the EPC - one for Commerce/Finance and the other for Manufacturing. A member of the agribusiness community would be eligible to fill one of the vacant seats.

For more information about the Environmental Protection Commission, contact Jerah Sheets with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at Jerah.Sheets@dnr.iowa.gov or Chad Ingels at Chad.Ingels@dnr.iowa.gov.

Seed Company Secures CRISPR Rights
by: Agribusiness Report

DuPont Pioneer announced it has secured exclusive rights to CRISPR-cas technology for all agricultural uses and applications in plants. CRISPR is one of the newest ways to edit biological genomes.

DuPont Pioneer Vice-President Neal Gutterson says, "We see CRISPR-Cas technology as an advancement in plant breeding which can enable a new era in crop improvement. This licensing agreement with ERS is a piece of DuPont Pioneer's strategy to position our business as a leader in the application of CRISPR-Cas in agriculture." Read More

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Upcoming Events
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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

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