May 25, 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 summer office hours begin this week! Each Friday the home office in Des Moines will close at 12 PM. We will continue to serve our members needs each day. Updated summer hours: 

Monday: 8 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday:  8 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday:  8 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday:  8 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday:  8 AM - 12:00 PM

AAI Supports Lt. Governor Appointment

The Agribusiness Association of Iowa would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Governor Kim Reynolds on her new position as the chief executive of the state of Iowa. AAI has worked with Reynolds in her role as Lt. Governor, and we look forward to continued work with her going forward.

AAI would also like to congratulate Lt. Governor Adam Gregg on his appointment to the executive branch. For a number of years, Gregg served as an advocate at the statehouse on behalf of AAI when he was at Brown Winnick. Since that time, Gregg has served as state public defender, policy advisor, and legislative liaison in the Branstad-Reynolds administration.

AAI Signs Letter for STB Commissioner Nomination

This week, AAI signed on to a letter encouraging the nomination of Patrick Fuchs to the Surface Transportation Board (STB). The joint letter from The Fertilizer Institute and the Agricultural Retailers Association encourages President Trump to nominate fair, knowledgeable, and impartial Commissioners to the board. The letter also focuses on continuing the modernization of STB under the STB Reauthorization Act of 2015.

Fuchs, who currently serves as senior professional staff member for surface transportation and merchant marine on behalf of Chairman Thune and the Majority on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, has a long history and wide knowledge of transportation issues, including rail and trucking. He also has previous experience in the White House Office of Management and Budget.

FieldWatch Helps Licensed Applicators  

FieldWatch is a free system for commercial applicators to use to avoid spraying issues with non-target fields.

The modern, map-based sensitive crop and bee registry allows a commercial applicator to check for potential issues in proximity to their planned activities. 

Visit to view a map of Iowa, or search Iowa Sensitive Crop Registry for additional information on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship site.

Applicators have three options for viewing information on the FieldWatch website:
  1. Public Map (FREE)
    • All crop sites and beehives on an interactive map of Iowa
  2. Register on FieldWatch (FREE)
    • Adds ability to define alert area and receive email notifications of new sites
    • One mile radii visible around apiaries
  3. Download FieldWatch Data (Annual Fee).
    • Access to Shapefiles, Excel, CSV and live stream through software provider
    • Applicators - $100 per year
    • Retailers - $500 per year plus $100 per location to provide download access to multiple applicators
AAI encourages commercial applicators to get familiar with and utilize the FieldWatch registry. If you have any questions, IDALS can provide additional help. Paul Ovram is the FieldWatch coordinator for Iowa and is ready to help commercial applicators get connected with the system. 

Contact Paul Ovram at or 515-242-6239.

2017 AAI Golf Summer Tournaments

Our golf tournaments are a great way to network and grow your connections in the agribusiness community.

We host four golf tournaments in the state of Iowa, two in July, one in August, and one in September. With four locations, there's a golf tournament near you!

July 25, 2017
Co-hosted with AGP

July 26, 2017
Co-hosted with AGP

August 3, 2017 
Co-hosted with United Services Association

September 7, 2017
Hosted by AAI Leadership

Appeals Court Strikes Down FAA Drone Registration Rule
by: ABC News

In appeals court on Friday, the  Federal Aviation Administration rule that required owners of drones used for recreation to register their craft was struck down.

The ruling was a victory for hobbyists and a setback for the FAA, which cited safety concerns as it tried to tighten regulation of the fast-growing army of drone operators.  The FAA decided in 2015 to require hobbyists to register their drones, or model aircraft. Violators could be sentenced to prison.  The registration requirement was challenged by John A. Taylor, a drone hobbyist in the Washington, D.C., area.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the  District of Columbia  Circuit agreed with Taylor, saying that a law passed by Congress and signed by  President Barack Obama  in 2012 barred the FAA from imposing new regulations on model aircraft. Read More
Sign Up for 2017 Water Quality Cost Share

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced May 11 that the 2017 sign-up period is open for statewide cost-share funds to help farmers install nutrient reduction practices. This program has been popular with farmers interested in adding additional practices to their farming operation. Practices eligible for this funding are cover crops, no-till or strip till, or using a nitrification inhibitor when applying fertilizer. Read More

Branstad: New US Ambassador to China Faces Trade Challenges

The U.S. Senate on Monday voted 82-13 to confirm Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as the next U.S. ambassador to China.

Earlier in May, members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations committee held a two-hour hearing to gauge Branstad's positions on China in relation to trade, intellectual property rights, the rising military threat from North Korea, China's record on human rights and freedom of the press.

Not far from Branstad's lips was the need to continue to open market access to U.S. agriculture products in China, including beef, chicken and distillers grains. Although China agreed to allow beef imports, a number of technical issues have slowed progress. Read More

How Meaghan Anderson is Helping Iowa's Farmers Deal with Palmar Amaranth 
by: Successful Farming 

Palmer amaranth was one of the last things on Meaghan Anderson's mind last summer. That changed in mid-July 2016, when it surfaced in an unlikely place in Iowa.

A central Iowa chemical company sales representative emailed a photo of a weed that resembled Palmer amaranth to Bob Hartzler, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension weeds specialist.

"I remember looking at picture that he forwarded it to me," says Anderson, an ISU field agronomist based in Iowa City, Iowa. Palmer amaranth-the Satan of the weed world-had previously infiltrated cropland in five Iowa counties via livestock feed brought up from southern states with huge infestations. Read More

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Upcoming Events
& Meeting
AAI Office Begins
Summer Hours
May 26-Sept 1

Legislative Committee Meeting
10:00 AM
June 16
AAI Board Room

AAI Services Board Meeting
10:00 AM
June 22
AAI Board Room

Committee Meeting
10:00 AM
June 23
AAI Board Room

AAI Executive Committee Meeting
10:00 AM
June 29
AAI Board Room

Agronomy Committee Meeting
10:00 AM
July 6
AAI Board Room

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

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

The Preserve at
Rathbun Lake
September 7

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