May 4, 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
DMACC Pearson Scholarship Recipients Meet Sponsors

Joel Brinkmeyer (right) speaks with DMACC President Rob Denson (Left), and Craig Hill, IFBF (center) at the scholarship reception Tuesday. 

On Tuesday, May 2, Agribusiness Association of Iowa (AAI) CEO, Joel Brinkmeyer, met some of the Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholarship recipients at a reception in Des Moines at the Community College Trustee Building. 

The reception allowed the students to make connections with scholarship donors groups, including AAI. Students also had the opportunity to interact with the Pearson family.

The AAI Foundation was an initial donor to the scholarship program at Des Moines Area Community College.  Iowa Governor Terry Branstad announced the scholarship for Iowa FFA Presidents in April of 2016 at the Capitol Building.  The foundation has committed $30,000 to the fund through 2018. Other initial donors include: Dennis Albaugh, WHO Radio, Iowa Farm Bureau Foundation, Iowa Association of Bureau and Industry, and Mary J. Duote.

The Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholarship pays two years of tuition for any Iowa FFA chapter president who attends DMACC. During the past school year, 23 students took advantage of the opportunity. In the upcoming school year the scholarship will be used by more than 40 additional chapter presidents. Iowa has 232 FFA chapters. Read More

10 Things Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Should Do Right Away
by: NSAC

On his first day on the job as the long-awaited new secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Sonny Perdue, a former two-term governor of Georgia, addressed two very different audiences. First, in his formal introduction to USDA staff, Perdue laid out his general vision for the department's next four years. Perdue said:  "The only legacy I seek is the one that any grandparent seeks-that is to hand off our nation ... our fields and our farms to the next generation in better shape than we found it."

His second engagement was a meeting with President Trump and 15 agricultural producers from around the country. The roundtable featured mostly large-scale meat, dairy, grain and specialty crop producers, as well as the current North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, and former California Secretary of Food and Agriculture. Read More

Branstad Draws Praise From Both Sides at Confirmation Hearing

Iowa's Republican governor received bipartisan praise Tuesday at his confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. ambassador to that country.

"I've got good Democratic friends in Iowa who give you high marks," Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., told Branstad during the hearing. "At least as high as they're going to give to somebody on the other side."

A vote on the Senate floor is likely in the coming weeks. The 70-year-old governor will then be responsible for helping manage one of the most important bilateral relationships on the planet. Read More

Conservation Districts of Iowa President Talks about Cover Crops

Robert Lynch, Gilmore City Farmer and President of the Conservation Districts of Iowa discusses cover crops on the Agribusiness Report.
Protecting soil and water is one of the concerns of Iowa agriculture and agribusinesses. It is Soil and Water Conservation week, an opportunity to recognize farmers and landowners work on helping soil and water.

In Gilmore City, Iowa, a foot deep stand of green covers the fields of the farm of Robert Lynch. He's been farming for around 40 years and has been using cover crops for four, going-on five years. Read More

Deere and Monsanto End Precision Planting Deal

Under pressure from  the Department of Justice, an agreement between Deere & Company and Monsanto to purchase Precision Planting LLC was terminated Monday.

The department filed suit on Aug. 31, 2016, to block the acquisition, alleging that the transaction was a merger-to-monopoly in high-speed precision planting systems, an innovative technology that enables farmers to accurately plant corn, soybeans and other row crops at up to twice the speed of a conventional planter. The case was scheduled for trial in U.S. District Court in Chicago on June 5, 2017. Read More

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AGP Breaks Ground for New Soybean Processing Plant in Aberdeen, SD

Ag Processing Inc a cooperative (AGP) held a ground breaking event today at the site of the Company's new soybean processing facility in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  AGP Board members and management team hosted state and community leaders for the ceremony at the construction site today.   Originally announced in November of 2015, the project will bring to Aberdeen and the surrounding area a state-of-the-art soybean processing facility which will have a tremendously positive economic impact on the community and region. 

"We are excited to break ground on AGP's tenth soybean processing plant here today," Keith Spackler, AGP's CEO, noted during his remarks.  "This is an opportunity that we have been evaluating for some time, and we appreciate the strong working relationship with state and local economic officials who have been great partners in the process.  AGP's cooperative ownership base supports this opportunity to expand and enhance our value-added platform."  He added that the new facility will begin processing soybeans in the fall of 2019 as originally planned. Read More

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