September 7, 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
Congrats! Rathbun Lake Golf Winners & Season Wrap Up

Congratulations to our Rathbun Tournament Winners: 
Chase Kalous, John O'Neil, Joe Sinclair, & Paul Thyse

One more golf season under our belt! We've have had one of the best seasons this year, and we are glad we could share it with you! 

A big thank you to our main sponsors. CoBank has provided us snacks at all 4 events. AGP is our tournament prize sponsor and event 1 & 2 snack sponsor. Luncheon sponsors are: EBS/Holmes Murphy, TPG, CPS Wholesale, and Brown Winick Law Firm. 2nd flight sponsors are Midwest Labs and East Dubuque Nitrogen. 

View all our tournament photos on Facebook and don't forget to like our page! THANK YOU

EPA Considers Establishing Limits On Dicamba Application Next Year
by: Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network

The Environmental protection Agency is considering establishing limits to dicamba-based herbicides next year. Agriculture officials from several states that are advising the EPA on dicamba tell Reuters that the EPA is considering banning the use of dicamba after a cutoff date, likely in early 2018.  Read More

USDA Shuffles Around More Agencies and Offices

USDA rolled out some further organizational changes on Thursday, which the department stated would "improve customer service and maximize efficiency." The department noted the changes build on the reorganization announced last May.  Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue posted a YouTube video for USDA employees. 

Back in May USDA renamed the mission area for the under secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, or FPAC. That is the under secretary position Iowa's Bill Northey has been nominated to head. Read More

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NAFTA's Demise Would Hurt Iowa
by: The Courier 

The President has called the North American Free Trade Agreement "a defective agreement" and "the worst trade deal maybe ever."

He is pessimistic about recent talks to revise it, saying, "I don't think we can make a deal because we have been so badly taken advantage of ... so I think we'll end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point."

If he does so, struggling Iowa farmers will feel the impact. Trump nearly opted out of the agreement in April, but was dissuaded from doing so because of its impact on farm states. Agricultural exports to Mexico and Canada, which were $8.9 billion in 1993, now surpass $38 billion. Read More

Iowa Farm Bureau Sets Up Policy Agenda

by: The Agribusiness Report
The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) is setting up its policy agenda for the next year at the 2017 Summer Policy Conference.
Farmers from all 99 Iowa counties are in Des Moines to let IFBF know what's important to farmers their counties.

Matt Schuiteman farms in Sioux Center, Iowa. He has been a representative for three years and was elected to the Internal Study Committee. He says the policy talked about and agreed on at the conference will be what their lobbyists will refer to in January at the statehouse and at the federal level. Watch the Agribusiness Report

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