Soy Briefs08/22/2019 | Soil Health, Water Quality, Policy, Soybean News, Ag Awareness, Economics
Ankeny, IA — Iowa soybean farmers elected two new directors to serve on the Iowa Soybean Association board. They also reelected six producers to continue their service on behalf of the industry. All will serve three-year terms.
Marty Danzer of Carroll (District 4) and Tom Vincent of Perry (District 5) were newly elected. Farmers re-elected were Rick Juchems, Plainfield (District 3), Dave Walton, Wilton (District 6), Bill Shipley, Nodaway (District 7), Randy Miller, Lacona and Warren Bachman, Osceola (District 8) and Brent Renner, Klemme (At-Large).
“I want to give a warm welcome to Marty and Tom as new members of the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) Board of Directors,” said Lindsay Greiner, ISA president. “I look forward to the valuable contributions and enthusiasm they can bring to the team while we continue to serve Iowa soybean farmers.”
Greiner of Keota also recognized LaVerne Arndt and Rolland Schnell for their service as directors. Arndt did not seek re-election while Schnell’s term expired.
Those elected join the following directors: Brent Swart and Chuck White, Spencer (District 1); Casey Schlichting, Clear Lake and April Hemmes, Hampton, (District 2); Suzanne Shirbroun, Farmersburg (District 3); Jeff Frank, Auburn (District 4); Morey Hill, Madrid (District 5); Robb Ewoldt, Davenport (District 6); Jeff Jorgenson, Sidney (District 7); and Pat Swanson, Ottumwa and Tom Adam, Harper (District 9). At-large directors include Greiner, Tim Bardole, Rippey, and Stephanie Essick, Dickens.
Des Moines, IA — 500 fair-goers — 400 consumers and 100 farmers — gathered for the second Farm to Fair event at the Iowa State Fair last week. Sponsored by agricultural commodity associations — including ISA — the event aims to connect farmers and consumers and foster positive conversation about agriculture. As each table was served dished featuring Iowa’s agriculture commodities, farmers and consumers dove into a wide range of conversations. Read more about the event.
Riverside, IA — The Marek family knows that not every acre they farm in Washington County is suitable for crops — some are better suited for conservation practices to protect the more productive acres. This understanding is just one reason why the family was recognized for their conservation efforts with the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award at the Iowa State Fair last week. Read more about their farm and family!
Des Moines, IA — Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Andrew Wheeler outlining the damaging effects of the 31 new small refinery waivers (SRE’s) undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Reynolds and Naig also extended an invitation to Secretary Wheeler to come to Iowa and see the devastating impact of these exemptions firsthand.
View an electronic version of the letter online here.
“The loss of these markets has taken a devastating toll on rural families facing one of the toughest years on record,” said Gov. Reynolds and Secretary Naig in their letter. “Ethanol consumption fell for the first time in 20 years, commodity markets are depressed, and many biofuel plants, including several in Iowa, have already slowed or halted production.”
Gov. Reynolds and Secretary Naig have stood alongside U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst in defense of the RFS. Reynolds testified earlier this year on the harm these waivers would cause to Iowa’s hard working farmers. You can watch that testimony here.
Ames, IA — GDM has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, GDM will have a seat on the ISRC’s industry advisory council, which provides recommendations on research priorities.
“Joining a renowned institution such as the ISRC provides us with the unique opportunity to exchange insights and acquire knowledge to develop solutions that better suit the American farmer’s needs,” said Ignacio Bartolomé, Business Director for GDM in North America.
According to Martin Sarinelli, GDM Research Manager for North America, “We are excited about this opportunity that will allow GDM to participate in the decision-making process related to research projects that will boost the delivery of solutions for farmers by using best-in-class technologies.”
“We value GDM’s support of the center and our research activities that are focused on increasing and protecting soybean yields in Iowa. GDM will be a great addition to the group of industry partners that the center is engaged with, and we are excited to work with them,” said Greg Tylka, director of the Iowa Soybean Research Center and a professor of plant pathology and microbiology at Iowa State.
“We welcome GDM as an industry partner. They will contribute to the collaborative efforts of the center that support the needs of Iowa soybean farmers through research, production and protection,” said Ed Anderson, senior director of research for the Iowa Soybean Association and chair of the Iowa Soybean Research Center’s industry advisory council.
Washington, DC — Doing any kind of trade deal with the UK which excluded agricultural products would be seen as a ‘betrayal’ by American farmers, a US farm leader has said.
Zippy Duvall, head of the American Farm Bureau, made the comments after US National Security Advisor John Bolton suggested the UK would be offered quick sector-by-sector deals with a comprehensive agreement to follow in a no-deal Brexit scenario.
Speaking to the BBC, Duvall said: “To have a trade treaty and not discuss agriculture would be turning your back on rural America and that is where a big part of our population lives.” He also hinted that the UK would have to accept American practices such as washing chicken in chlorine or using GM crops if any trade deal were to be done.
Washington, DC — The US and Japan are dashing to clear the final hurdles on the way to a partial trade deal that could be finalized as early as next month, potentially delivering some relief from the commercial tensions battering the world economy.
The agreement being discussed this week would fall short of a comprehensive trade deal, which would be pushed to a later stage. This “early harvest” or “mini-deal”, as some negotiators have described it, would involve Japan further opening up its agricultural market to American goods in exchange for some cuts to US industrial tariffs.
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