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Iowans proficient in stewardship, ag advocacy and research are recognized annually during the Iowa Soybean Association’s awards banquet. Nominations for 2020 awards are open until Nov. 17, 2019. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)

IOWA SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR LEADERSHIP AWARDS

The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) seeks to recognize outstanding leadership from farmers and industry professionals actively advancing Iowa agriculture and the Iowa soybean industry. Nominations are open until Nov. 17. Winners will be recognized at the ISA annual conference in January.

“The annual awards ceremony is a valuable way to thank those who work tirelessly for our industry,” said ISA President Tim Bardole. “I know it’s a busy time of year, but I encourage farmers to think about who would be deserving of some recognition.”

To nominate a deserving leader, explain why the nominee deserves recognition in 150 words or fewer. Include the nominee’s name, hometown, phone number and e-mail. Submit nominations to Lauren Houska at lhouska@iasoybeans.com.

THE IOWA SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU

ISA is seeking feedback from Iowa soybean farmers through its annual farmer survey. 

“ISA values your input,” says ISA president Tim Bardole, who farms near Rippey. “This is your association and your opportunity to help shape the future of the organization, so it can continue to serve you effectively.”

The survey, which will take farmers about 12 minutes to complete, will be distributed through various online channels over the next few weeks. As a token of appreciation, ISA will draw the names of 50 survey-takers who will win a $10 Amazon gift card. 

A link to the survey will be available on the ISA website homepage and posted on ISA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Farmers will also receive a text message reminder to complete the survey.

"We take our responsibility to serve soybean farmers seriously,” says Aaron Putze, ISA director of communications and external relations. “Feedback from our members is important. Hearing from farmers in the field helps us tailor our efforts and offerings to better serve them."

ISA has emphasized farmer opinion surveys since 2012 as a way to gauge sentiments from the field and the association’s performance on critical issues.

TELL EPA TO PROPERLY ACCOUNT FOR RFS SMALL REFINERY EXEMPTIONS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to include an estimate of gallons that will be exempted due to small refinery waivers in its formula to set 2020 and future RFS obligations. 

EPA proposes to estimate future exemptions based on an average of those recommended by the Department of Energy in past years. NBB is asking EPA to use a three-year average of its actual exemptions to estimate future exemptions, which we believe will be a more accurate prediction.

If left unchallenged, the rule will further gut the RFS, kill even more demand for soybeans and biodiesel and shutter additional biofuels facilities. The situation is critical.

The agency is inviting public comment on the proposal through November 29, 2019. We need you to act — right now.

IOWA LEADERS TO EPA: UPHOLD THE RFS, PROVIDE CERTAINTY FOR IOWA FARMERS AND PRODUCERS

Governor Kim Reynolds, along with U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), have submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on their proposed supplemental rule on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). 

The three Iowa leaders have a clear, consistent message for EPA Administrator Wheeler: uphold the RFS and provide certainty to Iowa farmers and biofuels producers that 15 billion gallons means 15 billion gallons. All three of these Iowa elected officials sent their public comments in the form of letters directly to Administrator Wheeler.

FINKENAUER AND HORN LEAD LETTER TO LEADERSHIP URGING EXTENSION OF KEY BIOFUELS TAX INCENTIVES

Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) and Congresswoman Kendra Horn (OK-05) led a Democratic caucus letter to House leadership urging action on extension of the biodiesel tax credit. Specifically, the lawmakers are asking for extensions of the biodiesel, alternative fuel vehicle refueling property, and second generation biofuel producer tax credits.

“We appreciate Congresswoman Finkenauer's ongoing effort to reinstate the biodiesel tax incentive and provide certainty for rural Iowa," says ISA President Tim Bardole.

"She has shown an understanding of the role that the tax incentive plays in supporting a critical market for Iowa soybean farmers. Rapid renewal would give a much-needed boost to the biodiesel industry and help restore soybean demand. We urge House leadership to bring an extension of the biodiesel tax incentive up for immediate consideration.”

Urge Congress to renew the Biodiesel Tax Incentive.

AMERICAN SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR SOY SCHOLARSHIP

The Soy Scholarship is a $5,000 one-time scholarship award presented to a current, eligible high school senior planning to pursue a degree in agriculture at an accredited college or university. The scholarship is managed by the American Soybean Association (ASA) and is made possible through a grant by BASF Corporation.

“Educating our next generation is key to the future of agriculture. BASF is proud to partner with ASA to award scholarships to students who want to pursue a career in agriculture and aspire to drive our industry forward,” said Scott Kay, vice president of U.S. Crop, BASF Agricultural Solutions.

The scholarship is awarded in $2,500 increments (one per semester) for the upcoming school year. The student must maintain successful academic progress and be in good standing with the college or university to receive the full amount of the scholarship.

High school seniors may apply online in fall of each year. Final selection will be made in January. The student will be notified late-January, with an official announcement to follow.

Applicants must fill out an online application during the open application period. The 2020-21 Scholarship application period will run from October 8 to December 1, 2019.

GOOD FARM NEIGHBOR AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN

The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award recognizes Iowa livestock farmers who take pride in doing things right and go above and beyond as environmental stewards and animal caretakers. It is an opportunity to tell the story of responsible livestock farming in Iowa, and highlight the families who make it so successful.

Nominees must meet four criteria:

  1. Family operation
  2. Active in their community
  3. Producer livestock or poultry to the highest animal care standards
  4. Dedicated to conservation and/or environmental stewardship on their land

Click the link above to nominate a deserving farmer or farm family by Nov. 15.

For media inquiries, please contact Katie James, ISA Public Relations Manager at kjames@iasoybeans.com or Aaron Putze, ISA Communications Director at aputze@iasoybeans.com

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