October 26 , 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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2018 Agribusiness Showcase & Conference - Registration Open

Attendees of the Agribusiness Showcase and Conference can take advantage of our early-bird registration discounts through January 16, 2018. On-site prices are effective after January 16. Register online  agribizshowcase.com .

Fall Photo Contest Ends Oct 31!

You still have time to submit your images into the 3rd Annual Fall Photo Contest! All images will be accepted through October 31st. No entry fee. 

We had fantastic participation in 2016! AAI wants to continue to engage our members and Iowans in showing off what agribusinesses around Iowa contribute to this great state. View all 2016 entries here! 

Craig Lang, Former Farm Bureau President, Announces Secretary of Agriculture Candidacy
by: The Gazette 

Craig Lang, a Poweshiek County dairy farmer who has served as president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Financial during one of its most-challenging eras, announced he will run for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in 2018 to help lead the state to resolve the pressing issues of water quality, soil loss and a stagnant rural economy.

"We're all in this together, as Iowans, and I believe our best opportunity for success is by working together to get things done," said Lang, a former president of the State Board of Regents.  Read More  

Wendy Wintersteen Named Iowa State University President
by: ISU 

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, today named Wendy Wintersteen the 16th president of Iowa State University.

Wintersteen's appointment concludes a nearly six-month national search. She will take office on Nov. 20, 2017. Wintersteen, endowed dean of Iowa State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, will succeed Benjamin Allen, who has served as interim president since May 8. Steven Leath, Iowa State's 15th president, assumed the presidency at Auburn University last spring.

Wintersteen, 61, has led the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences since 2006. During her 11 years as dean, she helped raise more than $247 million in donor support for students, faculty and staff. Read More

Arkansas Plant Board Sued by Monsanto Over New Diacamba Use Restriction
by: Agriculture.com

Monsanto Co sued Arkansas agricultural officials on Friday to stop proposed  restrictions on the use of a weed killer linked to widespread  U.S. crop damage, setting up a legal battle between the  agrichemical company and a major farm state.

Monsanto's lawsuit seeks to block the Arkansas State Plant  Board from prohibiting the use of the company's dicamba  herbicide during summer months. That is when the product is  intended to be sprayed on soybeans and cotton that Monsanto has  engineered to resist the chemical.

Growers across the farm belt said this summer that dicamba  weed killers affected areas other than where it was sprayed on  the Monsanto soybeans engineered to resist it, damaging millions  of acres of crops that could not tolerate the herbicides. Read More

Iowa Community College Creates Campus Wetland to Filter Farm Runoff

A community college in southeast Iowa has created a wetland on its campus to filter runoff from college-owned farmland and provide a learning tool for students and farmers. The wetland on Southeastern Community College's West Burlington campus will typically be between 1.5 to 2 acres. It could be as large as 9 acres during heavy rain, said Sabrina Pidgeon, an agriculture instructor at the college. The wetland is located on the school's agriculture field primarily used for corn and soybeans.

Pidgeon said her students will test the water to monitor nitrate levels. They'll also be able to observe wildlife including water fowl, amphibians, insects and plants. Read More

Iowa Ag Leaders Encouraged to Apply For Nuffield International Scholarship

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged Iowa farmers and agribusiness professionals to consider applying for a  Nuffield International Scholarship.  The program allows participants to travel internationally for a minimum of 16 weeks, researching agricultural production, distribution, management and/or communication.
Nuffield International Scholarship supported by the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Pork Producers Association, National Pork Board and Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is open specifically for those involved in Iowa agriculture.
The application deadline for this scholarship is October 31, 2017. Read More

More information about the application process can be found at http://nuffieldinternational.org.

EFC Systems announces the purchase of AgSolver Assets
by: Corn and Soybean Digest

EFC Systems, Inc. ("EFC Systems" or "the Company"), a leading provider of solutions for Agricultural Retailers announced it has purchased the assets of AgSolver Inc. (AgSolver, Inc.)

The move establishes a new Agronomic Planning and Sustainabilty division at EFC Systems which Dr. Dave Muth will oversee as Vice President. The technology and team of 12 that comes to EFC Systems will be a significant expansion to their efforts to help agricultural retailers and growers in both planning and sustainability efforts. This acquisition also establishes an Ames, Iowa location where the AgSolver team has been located allowing for expansion with additional Merchant Ag and FieldAlytics client services team members. Read More


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