September 21, 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
Discussing Agribusiness 

A bevy of topics related to agriculture and agribusiness associations were discussed this past week at the annual Out of Focus meeting.
Agribusiness Association of Iowa CEO Joel Brinkmeyer and CFO Joan O'Brien represented Iowa at the meeting and joined with 50 other state association CEOs and senior staff, as well as representatives from Crop Life America, Ag Retailers Association, Asmark Institute, National Ag Bio, Field Watch, American Seed Trade Association, and event sponsors Syngenta and DowDuPont.
Topics on the agenda this year included national legislative and regulatory issues, mergers and acquisitions, stewardship opportunities, convention and meeting planning, membership opportunities, communication strategies, social media, Responsible Ag updates and more.
The annual event provides an opportunity to CEOs and senior staff to interact, exchange ideas, tackle current issues, and discuss ways to advance continual improvement of each state association. The Alabama Agribusiness Council hosted this year's event.

Ag Retailers Are Encouraged to Apply for the 4R Advocate Program

The 4R Advocate program recognizes agricultural retailers and their grower customers who are leading the way when it comes to implementing 4R Nutrient Stewardship on the farm. The selected group of 2018 4R Advocates will assist The Fertilizer Institute in raising awareness and adoption of 4R Nutrient Stewardship. Nominations will be accepted from August 2 through October 31, 2017.  Full Details Here

Gov. Reynolds Signs Overweight Loads Proclamation
by: Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network 

Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation Monday allowing the transportation of overweight loads of corn, soybeans, haw, straw, silage and stover. The proclamation will expire November 17.

"I am pleased to sign this proclamation allowing Iowa farmers to move their crops in an effective and efficient manner," Reynolds said. "Farmers are a critical component of our state's economy, and this proclamation ensures they're able to transport their crops ahead of deteriorating weather conditions." Read More

Who Will Replace Bill Northey?

With Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey likely headed to Washington, D.C., soon for a top job at USDA, a half dozen or more people are voicing interest in being appointed by Gov. Kim Reynolds to succeed Northey. Wallaces Farmer talked to several of them regarding their desire to head-up the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

The Iowa secretary of agriculture post is a statewide elected office with a four-year term. Northey is a fourth-generation Dickinson County farmer who was first elected state ag secretary in 2006. He was elected again in 2010 and 2014.

Whomever Gov. Reynolds appoints to succeed Northey will fill out his term which expires in January 2019. Read More

FALL 2017
Prairie Strips Workshops
Tues, Oct 17 & Thurs, Nov 2 - 9:30 am-4:30 pm CST

Become a Prairie Strips Consultant! Technical Service Providers (TSPs), Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) and other advisors who work directly with farmers and landowners achieve their certification in prairie strip design, establishment and monitoring.

The full-day workshops cover field mapping, prairie plant identification, seed mixtures, maintenance, determining costs, 'AgSolver applications' and more. Attendance at the workshop is the first step of a three-part certification program to become a prairie strips consultant.

The workshops are free for all attendees. A limited number of qualified attendees will receive a $250 stipend for attending the workshop and a $1,000 bonus after successful installation of prairie strips on a client's field. Program participants will create a communications piece to support their business credentials in prairie strips.


Online registration form : Completed registration forms and questions should be submitted to .

TSCA Inventory Notification Requirements Webinar
Wed, Sept 27, 2017 1-3 PM EST

EPA has scheduled three webinars to assist the regulated community with reporting under the TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Requirements final rule. The webinars are scheduled for 1-3 PM EST on September 27, 2017 and October 25, 2017, and 1-3 PM EST on November 29, 2017. Each webinar will include an overview of reporting requirements, a demo of the electronic reporting application, and time for questions and answers. Registration for a webinar is not required. 

WOTUS Listening Session  
Tue, Oct 17, 2017 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Army is holding a listening session for agricultural stakeholders (row crop, livestock) to hear their recommendations to revise the definition of "Waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The agencies will provide a brief presentation via webinar and then invite stakeholders to provide verbal recommendations. Registration for this webinar will close on October 10, 2017. 

Persons or organizations wishing to provide verbal recommendations during the teleconference will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the expected volume of participants, individuals will be asked to limit their oral presentation to three minutes. Participants who are selected to give verbal recommendations will be notified in advance, and additional participants will be notified in advance of their selection as "alternates" on a standby list to provide verbal comments if time permits. Supporting materials and comments from those who did not have an opportunity to speak can be submitted to the docket, identified by Docket ID No. 

The agencies will not be formally responding to verbal or written recommendations. 

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