November 9 , 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
NAFB Convention Attracts Ag Newsmakers

Agricultural reporters from around the nation will be busy conducting interviews with nearly 100 spokespeople including ag commodity groups, government agencies, and agricultural companies - many which are AAI members. 
(Pictured above) David Geiger, Agribusiness Report anchor and producer, snaps a quick photo during an interview with USDA Sec. of Agriculture Sonny Purdue at the NAFB Convention in Kansas City, MO.

Ag reporter David Geiger is attending the convention on behalf of the Agribusiness Report, which is owned and produced by the Agribusiness Association of Iowa.
You can watch the Agribusiness Report on WHO-TV and KCRG-TV twice daily in the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids markets, or catch it online at one of the links in the right hand column of this newsletter.

2018 Agribusiness Showcase: Important Links to Know

Attendees - Registration Deadline Jan 16, 2017

Exhibitors - Registration Deadline Dec 15, 2017

Largest Farms Want Less Products, but More Services

Loyal customers are an agricultural retailer's most valuable assets. In fact, 92 percent of United States farmers who consider themselves loyal to their retailers will recommend them to peers. 

Yet, retailers must earn and re-earn this loyalty, especially in this time of consolidation and farms expansion. Findings from a recent Stratus Ag Research Report about farmer perceptions of ag retailers show that loyalty to retailers in the U.S. is lowest among those farmers who plan to increase their farm size in the next five years. The study is designed to help retailers grow by knowing what farmers want from them, and to understand competitor strengths and weaknesses.

Most farmers surveyed feel it is important to receive soil sampling, crop scouting and other agronomic services from their ag retailer. Read More

Joe Colletti Named Interim CALS Dean
by: Iowa State Daily  

As President-Select Wendy Wintersteen looks to transition into her new role, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) has made progress in its efforts to select a new dean.

Tuesday it was  announced that Joe Colletti, senior associate dean in CALS and associate director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, will serve as the college's interim dean beginning Nov. 20. 

"It has been a great privilege to watch the college grow in both stature and impact over the last 40 years, and I am humbled by the opportunity to lead the college during the interim period," Colletti said. Read more

Iowa Retailer Finds Blueprint for Successful Expansions
by: Ag Pro

As retailers examine their businesses today-and how to grow their businesses for tomorrow-many are identifying high rates of return by investing in facilities. Despite the headwinds of a tough ag market, investments in efficiency and advanced technologies have paid off. Read More

Compass Line of Services November Feature - LifeCycle Tank Management Program
by: Askmark 

Experience has shown that environmental, management, design and use factors determine how long a tank will last. Periodic inspections, performed systematically will help prevent the unexpected and potentially catastrophic release of product due to tank failure.

LifeCycle is designed to provide a comprehensive, practical approach to managing the integrity and use-life of tanks with capacities from 750 to 99,000 gallons. Read More

Five Upcoming Field Days In November Not To Pass Up!

Iowa Learning Farms is hosting 5 exciting field days in November that you shouldn't miss. Monthly webinars are also available, next session is November 15.  
  • November 15 | Lucas Bayer Cover Crop Field Day
  • November 16 | Ben and Andy Johnson Cover Crop and Strip-Tillage Field Day
  • November 21 | Jacob Groth Cover Crop Field Day
  • November 28 | Walnut Creek Watershed Cover Crop Field Day
  • November 30 | Conservation Learning Lab Cover Crop Field Day
All locations, flyers, and field day details along with webinar information is available online at

2018 ASC Updates







Click on the title below to view our info page with sign up and/ or payment options.
Upcoming Events
& Meeting
AAI Board Meeting
November 14
10 AM
AAI Board Room

Thanksgiving Holiday
Office Closed
November 23-24

Career Day
Conference Call
December - TBD
1 -3 PM
Conference line

Christmas Holiday
Office Closed
December 23

Advanced Grain Elevator Operations Management Short Course
January 8 - 12, 2018
Ames, Iowa
  Register Here

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
Strategic Partners
Strategic Partners Bring Service and Savings to AAI Members


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