November 22 , 2017
A five-minute summary of AAI, regulation, and industry activities for members of the largest state agribusiness association in the nation.

AAI Staff and Board of Directors would like to wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving! In observance of the holiday, the office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, Nov. 27. 

Have a safe and happy holiday!
AAI Staff

In This Issue

View the 2018 schedule of events online today! Register before Jan 16 and receive up to $50 off your purchase. All attendees are invited to the brand new Wednesday morning breakfast featuring the antics of Chris Cakes. A pancake company that you'll flip for!

Attention  Exhibitors: Your registration deadline is fast approaching on Dec 15, 2017! 

Quick Access Materials: 
ISU Grain Course is Full!
Janurary 8 - 12, 2018 | Ames, IA

The new Advanced Grain Elevator Operations Management Short Course offered by AAI and the ISU Grain Quality Initiative is full! 

We are still collecting names for a waiting list and a possible additional course offering on a future date.

Please visit for more information and wait list:
WinField United Completes Three Mergers and Moves Toward Total Agronomy Solution
by: AgPro

With the completion of a series of acquisitions, WinField United reports progress with its plan to offer a "total agronomy solution."  WinField United, the crop inputs and insights business of Land O'Lakes, Inc., expanded its offerings in soil and tissue analysis, crop nutrients, seed, and insights capabilities. 

"Our portfolio will now include seed, crop protection products and crop nutrients, in addition to data, technology tools and agronomic expertise - all focused on helping farmers compete and succeed," says Mike Vande Logt, executive vice president and chief operating officer, WinField United.

The merger of WinField and United Suppliers became final October 1, which now means the macronutrient products previously offered by United Suppliers are now available in the WinField United crop nutrient portfolio. Read More

Narrow Nitrogen Use
by: Successful Farming
Back in 2012, Iowa, like other states, had a major drought. The drought resulted in lower-than-normal crop yields and a large amount of unused N in the soil. The tile lines remained dry until heavy spring rains caused leaching of nitrates in 2013, says Matt Helmers, Iowa State University professor.  

"What could farmers do to reduce the peak we saw in nitrate concentration with in-field N management? Not as much as we would like," says Helmers. Read More

Largest Pork Producer in Iowa Helps Food Insecure Families and Children

Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation announced the expansion of a program aimed at reducing childhood hunger in Iowa by providing access to nutritious food at home. The Power Snack program, organized and funded by both organizations, will provide thousands of families in need with $5 coupons for sliced or shaved ham and $3 coupons for a loaf of whole wheat bread.

Now in its fifth year, the Power Snackā„¢ program will offer these coupons four times throughout the 2017-2018 school year to more than 18,000 children identified by their schools as food insecure. School-based food-assistance programs for children from low-income families greatly aid the learning process, but those same children may still suffer from food insecurity issues on weekends and holiday breaks.  Read More  

The Average Cost of a Thanksgiving Dinner Is Less Than You Think

Thanksgiving dinner is cheaper this year - but you might not be feeling it.

The  American Farm Bureau Federation pegs the average cost of a Thanksgiving feast at $49.12, a five-year low. The Federation has been doing price surveys on the same list of groceries for 32 years now, tracking the average cost of a modest, traditional meal for 10. Read More


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Thanksgiving Holiday
Office Closed
Nov 23-24

Career Day
Conference Call
Dec - TBD
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Christmas Holiday
Office Closed
December 23

Advanced Grain Elevator Operations Management Short Course
Jan 8 - 12, 2018
Ames, Iowa
AAI Executive Committee Meeting
Jan 16, 2018
10 AM
AAI Board Room 

AAI Legislative Breakfast
Jan 23, 2018
7 - 9 AM
Iowa Capital

AAI Board Meeting
Jan 23, 2018
9:30 AM
AAI Board Room

Agribusiness Showcase & Conference
Feb 13-14, 2018
VI Building, Fairgrounds
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