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2019 Farmer Research Tour to feature regional speakers

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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig (center) visits with Roger Wolf (right) and Steve Bruere, president of Peoples Company, at a conservation event. Naig will be a featured speaker in Cedar Rapids at the Farmer Research Tour. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)

By Carol Brown, ISA environmental communications specialist

The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) is taking the show on the road.

The 2019 ISA Farmer Research Tour — a departure from the traditional annual research conference — will be going to three locations in Iowa.

Register today for one, or more, tour stops: Tuesday, Feb. 5, Storm Lake; Thursday, Feb. 7, Ames; and Tuesday, Feb. 12, Cedar Rapids.

“We want to make your experience with ISA research more relevant, so we are presenting speakers and research results that pertain to each region,” said Ed Anderson, ISA senior director of research. “The agendas at each tour stop will vary to address issues tailored to that region. I encourage you to attend these valuable meetings to learn ways to improve productivity, the environment and profitability.”

The Storm Lake tour stop will be at King’s Pointe Resort and Erin Hodgson will be the featured lunch speaker. She will discuss the soybean gall midge, a pest that invaded fields last summer in western Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Hodgson is an associate professor and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach entomologist. She will provide an update on this new soybean pest, including scouting and identification tips.

In Ames at the Gateway Hotel, Premier Crop Systems President Dan Frieberg will discuss strategies for collecting, securing and sharing your farm’s data over lunch. Premier Crop is a leading precision ag data processing and analysis company in Des Moines.

At the Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig will bring updates from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) over lunch. Also, Cedar Rapids Utilities Director Steve Hershner will share how the city is working with farmers and landowners upstream to improve water quality for residents and the food industries within the community. Hershner and other Utilities staff was a partner on the $4.3 million Middle Cedar Partnership Project, funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)–Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

Al Kluis will keynote the closing session at each tour stop. He is a commodity trader, chartist, author and producer of the webcast The Kluis Report. He’ll offer insights to assist farmers in identifying sale opportunities during volatile markets.

An addition to the keynote speakers, the ISA Analytics, On-Farm Network® and Environmental Programs and Services teams will present regional results from 2018 projects. Each meeting will run from 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

“The Farmer Research Tour is one of the most valuable sessions a farmer can attend in the winter months,” said Rolland Schnell, past ISA president and On-Farm Network trial participant. “It is a great opportunity to spend the day gaining knowledge that the Iowa Soybean Association has been developing to help make you a better producer.”

Registration is at no cost for farmers participating in ISA research trials, $25 for other ISA members and $50 for nonmembers. Registration includes lunch and refreshments. Continuing education credits will be available. Registrations after Jan. 21 may incur a $10 late fee. Register today at the ISA website.

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