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Randy Miller, ISA district director and soybean farmer from Lacona, volunteered in the Iowa Food & Family Project booth at the Iowa State Fair last year. Miller believes agriculture benefits when consumer understand and are comfortable with the use of technology and he wants the public to understand the dedication farmers have to protecting the environment. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy)

Editor’s note: Due to the Independence Day holiday, the next Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) E-Weekly newsletter will be sent Wednesday, July 3.

Des Moines, IA — The Iowa Food & Family Project (Iowa FFP) will return to the South Atrium of the Varied Industries building for the 2018 Iowa State Fair to be held Aug. 8-18.

New this year, we’ll feature an interactive display that brings the masterpiece of farming in Iowa to fairgoers! Visitors will express their creativity by helping paint a larger-than-life mural depicting food and farming themes. Visitors can also register to win agriculture-inspired artwork and picture themselves on the farm with a fun green screen photo booth. Each interaction is designed to bring curious consumers into the Iowa FFP network and spark conversations about modern agriculture.

To make our colorful, creative and collaborative display a highlight at the world’s greatest fair, we’ll need a helping hand from more than 400 exceptional volunteers! Volunteers will help welcome fairgoers to the display, distribute materials and spread the word about Iowa FFP.

To join in on the fun, follow this link to sign up for your volunteer slot(s). Don’t see a time slot that works for you? Contact Kelly Visser at

Thanks in advance for making this our most successful state fair to date and helping the 98 percent of Iowans who don’t farm grow relationships with those who do!

Council Bluffs, IA —The 23rd WHO Radio Great Iowa Tractor ride had it all. First-time drivers, tractors of all shapes and sizes, and a 12 mile-per-hour rolling brigade of ag advocates led by America’s top farmer.

This year, United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue rode a stretch of the tractor ride on his family’s restored 1968 International 656 Farmall. Perdue led a dream team of Iowa ag leaders including Gov. Kim Reynolds, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, and Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey.

Read more and view photos from the Great Iowa Tractor Ride.

Ankeny, IA — Between trade wars, unprecedented flooding and fluctuating market prices, growing soybeans isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s during hard times when national soybean organizations prove their worth.

For the June and July episodes of the Iowa Soybean Association’s (ISA) “The State of Soy” videocast, American Soybean Association (ASA) CEO Ryan Findlay joins United Soybean Board (USB) CEO Polly Ruhland to highlight the work they do to support soybean farmers.

With the videocast hosted by ISA Communications Director Aaron Putze, Findlay and Ruhland provide detailed accounts of how their organizations respectively advance research, market development and policy important to growers. ASA represents U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international policy issues while USB oversees the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities in the areas of meal, oil and sustainability.

Both Findlay and Ruhland agreed that current challenges facing soybean producers must be tackled head-on with vigor and dogged determination.  This special two-part series and other episodes of “The State of Soy” can be viewed online at as well as ISA’s social media platforms, including Facebook and YouTube.

Ankeny, IA — The ISA Communications Squad met last week in Ankeny in a continued effort to prepare farmers for media interviews, public speaking engagements and other communications activities. This session hosted a media panel consisting of Sabrina Ahmed of WOI -Channel 5, Pat Powers of KQWC and Jared Strong of the Carroll Times Herald. Several experts also addressed the group on African Swine Fever, glyphosate and more.

Washington, DC — The House Ways and Means Committee approved a broad tax bill last week that includes an extension of the biodiesel tax credit and incentives for biofuel infrastructure and wind power, but the legislation will face objections in the Republican-controlled Senate. The committee approved the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Relief Act of 2019, which would revive the $1-a-gallon biodiesel tax credit through 2020, on a party-line, 25-17 vote.

Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) introduced the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act and has been working with Democratic and Republican colleagues secure an extension of this important tax credit. Producers and businesses at every stage of the biodiesel production and consumption process rely on these tax credits to plan their investments, grow their businesses, and pass on the savings to consumers. The biodiesel industry supports over 60,000 jobs across the United States and generates over $11 billion in economic impact. 

Washington, DC — U.S. farmers are waiting for passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the economic boost it will provide. While Republicans on the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee all urged that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) be voted on and approved as soon as possible, many Democrats are nowhere near ready for that vote. They are pushing for changes to the agreement, including a complete removal of a provision under which Mexico and Canada agreed to extend patents for biologic pharmaceutical drugs to 10 years as well as the installation of new labor standard enforcement provisions.

Washington, DC — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue this week announced the implementation status of the 2018 Farm Bill. President Trump signed this Farm Bill into law on December 20th, 2018 and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) promptly began implementation of key programs. USDA held several listening sessions with stakeholders and the public, specific to each agency’s respective mission areas.

“At USDA we are implementing the 2018 Farm Bill as quickly as possible. We know the programs that are renewed and updated in this farm bill are critical to farmers, ranchers, and producers as they plan for the future,” said Perdue. “Our mission areas have all held several public listening sessions, both formally and informally, to receive stakeholder input. Our goal is to have programs that function best for the people that we serve. We have made progress in new Farm Bill provisions, and look to implement programs that are customer service focused and economically efficient. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but we are diligently working on behalf of all of USDA’s customers.”

Read more about the implementation of specific programs.

Washington, DC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the Congressional District Profiles and Rankings from the 2017 Census of Agriculture on the NASS website. This summary presents data by congressional district that includes land, farms, market value of agricultural products sold, rankings, and producer characteristics. These profiles are often used by producers, congressional leaders, and others to support agriculture in their districts.

Washington, DC — The Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on this week passed an appropriations bill in a227-194 vote. The bill contains no funding for the proposed relocation of U.S. Department of Agriculture research agencies to the Kansas City area.

House Resolution 3055 awards $87.8 million to the Economic Research Service so long as none of the money is used to relocate the USDA research agency “outside the National Capital Region.” It awards another $1 billion to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture under the same terms.

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