March 23, 2017
A five-minute summary of AAI, regulation, and industry activities for members of the largest state agribusiness association in the nation.
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Retail Facilities Begin Work With INREC Liaisons

The Iowa Nutrient Research & Education Council (INREC) retailer liaisons have been busy meeting with CEOs, GMs, and agronomists at retail locations across the state over the past few weeks. Thank you to those who already have taken some time to interact with the liaisons and are engaged in phase two of the Progress Measurement pilot project.

In February, INREC hired three individuals to facilitate the data acquisition needed to provide an accurate view of the efforts of Iowa farmers and retailers to implement conservation practices and tell the story of agricultural stewardship.

"Everyone our liaisons have met with has been welcoming and helpful," said Environmental Technology Director Shawn Richmond. "We really appreciate the quick response from retailers and the willingness to engage."

The three liaisons will continue to contact and visit AAI retail members to familiarize designated retailer staff with the Progress Measurement system.

INREC Retailer Liaisons

Chad Ingels - Ingels lives in Randalia and will generally serve the northeast portion of the state. He most recently worked as a water quality specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and is a nutrient management consultant.

Vince Davis - Davis lives in Spirit Lake and will generally serve the Northwest portion of Iowa. He is a retired Farm Bureau regional manager and has more than 30 years of experience working with farmers.

Roger Webster - Webster lives in Treynor and will generally serve the southern counties in Iowa. Roger is an instructor at Iowa Western Community College, is the General Manager at Treynor Ag Supply, and is a past Chair of AAI Services.

Judge Tosses Water Works Lawsuit 
by: Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network 

U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Strand, for the Northern District of Iowa, dismissed the lawsuit by Des Moines Water Works against three drainage districts in Northwest Iowa. This is a huge sigh of relief for all of agriculture. The federal Clean Water Act claim was dismissed for lack of standing considering the drainage districts' limited status under Iowa law.

"Here, DMWW asserts that it has two property rights: (1) the right to obtain clean water from the Raccoon River and (2) the right to use its treatment plant and facilities without impairment from pollutants discharged into the Raccoon River," Strand said. "Even if these could be considered cognizable property rights under state law, DMWW holds those rights as a public entity, making them public property rights not protected by the Fifth Amendment's Takings Clause. Moreover, based on the federal law authorities cited by the Iowa Supreme Court, a public entity such as DMWW cannot assert a Fifth Amendment takings claim against another political subdivision of the state. For these reasons, DMWW has no cognizable claim..."

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey said the dismissal of this lawsuit is very welcoming news. READ MORE

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Pearson To Be New Wheat Growers CEO


After 15 years as chief executive officer (CEO) of Wheat Growers, Dale Locken plans to retire. On Aug. 1 Chris Pearson, the cooperative's current chief operating officer (COO), will assume the CEO role.  

Pearson joined Wheat Growers as senior vice-president of operations in 2013 and was promoted to COO last year. Pearson spent 14 years in local co-op systems there, holding several positions ranging from entry level to COO.

Pearson's leadership and expertise have been recognized by several agriculture industry groups. He is serving or has served on boards for Dakotaland Feeds (president), James Valley Grain Cooperative (current member), the Agriculture Retailers Association (current member), Consolidated Sourcing Solutions (past chairman), and the Agribusiness Association of Iowa (past member). Pearson received an undergraduate degree in ag studies from Iowa State University.

"I am honored to be named the next chief executive officer of Wheat Growers," Pearson said. READ MORE
Half of Iowa Farmers Interested in Cover Crops
by: Agribusiness Report 

More than half of Iowa's farmers are interested in cover crops. In Iowa State University Extension's Iowa Farm and Rural Life poll, 20.6 percent of farmers used cover crops in 2015 and another 33.5 percent said they might use it in the future.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says it's encouraging to see those numbers, "It also shows the potential for significant growth in acreage of cover crops. In many cases farmers are trying cover crops on a limited acreage and then starting to expand that as they become more familiar with the practice and better understand how it fits into their farming operation." READ MORE

Heartland Farmers Pushing Trump to Avoid Trade War With Mexico
by: Business Insider

Farmers in the U.S. agricultural heartland that helped elect Donald Trump are now pushing his administration to avoid a trade dispute with Mexico, fearing retaliatory tariffs that could hit over $3 billion in U.S. exports.

The value of exports at risk is based on a Reuters analysis of a tariff list which Mexico used in a trucking dispute six years ago and which Mexican officials have said could serve as a model if President Trump sets new barriers to Mexican goods.

Pork producers contacted Trump's transition team soon after the Nov. 8 election to stress that tariff-free access to Mexico has made it their top export market by volume, said John Weber, president of the National Pork Producers Council. READ MORE

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