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ISA encourages Iowans to submit nominations for the ISA Leadership Awards. Winners will be recognized at the ISA annual conference in January. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)

Nominations for the Iowa Soybean Association’s (ISA) Leadership Awards are due this Sunday, Nov. 17.

ISA annually recognizes outstanding leadership from farmers and industry professionals actively advancing Iowa agriculture and the Iowa soybean industry with these awards:

  • RISING STAR: A high school senior or college student who takes an active role promoting Iowa agriculture and has plans to remain involved in agriculture through future personal or professional activities. Includes a $1,000 education stipend. Download and fill out the application to apply.
  • LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP: An ISA member who is advancing the goals of the association and demonstrating a passion and commitment for growing the soybean industry.
  • NEW LEADER: An ISA member who has actively grown in their involvement in ISA programming and has shown outstanding involvement in their community.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER: An ISA member improving on-farm environmental performance and leadership in the use of precision agriculture tools and technology. Must have worked with the ISA Environmental Programs and Services or the On-Farm Network.
  • INNOVATOR IN PRODUCTION RESEARCH: An individual, organization or company that has shown outstanding leadership in the use of precision agriculture and has worked to validate and effectively manage practices to improve profitability.
  • FRIEND OF THE IOWA SOYBEAN FARMER: An elected leader or ISA partner who has shown a deep understanding of issues facing Iowa soybean farmers and has supported them through their actions and efforts.
  • ADVOCATE FOR IOWA AGRICULTURE: An ISA member, individual, organization or company who effectively and accurately tells the story of modern agriculture and actively builds bridges between Iowa farmers and consumers.

“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.”

Winners will be recognized at the ISA annual conference in January. 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

The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) is seeking feedback from Iowa soybean farmers through its annual farmer survey and needs 50 more farmers to participate in the Farmer Opinion Survey. Click the link above to be taken to the survey.

The survey takes farmers about 12 minutes to complete. As a token of appreciation, ISA will draw the names of 50 survey-takers who will win a $10 Amazon gift card. Farmers will also receive a text message reminder to complete the 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.”

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.

"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."

A diverse group of 66 different trade associations, including the Iowa Soybean Association, representing industries as wide-ranging as realty, veterinary medicine, biofuels and railroads, to name a few, sent a letter to House and Senate leaders Nov. 11 asking them to act on a tax extenders package. 

“The following organizations, representing diverse business, advanced energy, transportation, real estate and agriculture sectors, are writing regarding the pressing need to address tax provisions that expired at the end of 2017 and 2018, and are set to expire at the end of 2019 (‘tax extenders’),” the letter states. “To minimize the economic disruptions and uncertainty for businesses and families, we respectfully ask that the House and Senate send tax legislation to the President in 2019 that includes a retroactive extension of tax extenders at least through 2020.”

This call to action comes amid news that Indiana-based Integrity Biofuels announced it is idling production and has begun laying off workers, becoming the tenth such biodiesel plant to close or cut back production this year.

The letter brings the numerous temporary tax provisions lapsed since the end of 2017, such as the biodiesel tax credit, and important tax incentives set to expire at the end of this year to the attention of the congressional leaders.

“Uncertainty regarding the status of these worthwhile incentives has created confusion for the numerous industry sectors that utilize these tax incentives and has threatened thousands of jobs in the U.S. economy,” the letter states. “The continued uncertainty regarding eventual congressional action on tax extenders is undermining the effectiveness of these incentives and stands as a needless barrier to additional job creation and economic growth. Providing taxpayers with predictable tax rules is conducive to increased domestic investment and economic activity. Accordingly, we respectfully ask that you act on a package that extends these expired and expiring tax provisions at least through 2020 before the end of this calendar year.”

National Biodiesel Board this week released a new report showing the importance of renewing the dollar per gallon biodiesel blenders tax credit. Study author John Urbanchuk says the tax credit is critical to the growth and viability of the biodiesel industry.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced it will continue to defer accrual of interest for 2019 crop year insurance premiums to help the wide swath of farmers and ranchers affected by extreme weather in 2019.

Specifically, USDA will defer the accrual of interest on 2019 crop year insurance premiums to the earlier of the applicable termination date or January 31, 2020, for all policies with a premium billing date of August 15, 2019. This extension is necessary since harvest progress has been very delayed and crop insurance claims are not typically settled until harvest is complete, squeezing cash flow even further. Bill Northey, USDA's Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, made the announcement at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters' conference in Kansas City.

“USDA is committed to helping farmers and ranchers impacted by the weather challenges this year, and we hope this deferral will help ease cash flow challenges for producers, many of whom are caught in a very delayed harvest," Northey said.

The high-stakes trade negotiations between the United States and China are running into trouble as the two countries attempt to finalize a limited trade agreement, despite announcing they had an agreement in principle less than a month ago.

The United States is trying to secure stronger concessions from China to regulate intellectual property protections and to stop the practice of forced technology transfer in exchange for rolling back some of the tariffs. President Donald Trump said last month that China has agreed to buy up to $50 billion in U.S. farm goods as part of the “phase one” trade deal, but reports now say China is hesitant to commit to a specific amount of agricultural products in the text of a potential deal.

NEW BACTERIA-BASED BIOHERBICIDE CONTROLS GLYPHOSATE-RESISTANT WEEDS IN FIELD TRIALSMarrone Bio Innovations this week  announced positive results for the 2019 field trials for its novel bioherbicide, known as MBI-015.

Field tests conducted in 2019 using commercial rates for Marrone Bio’s novel bioherbicide demonstrated control of a target weed approaching that of a current post-emergent chemical herbicide. At commercial rates across multiple trial locations that used uniform protocols, control of palmer amaranth was evaluated at three stages of growth, 7-to-10 days after MBI-015 was applied. Control ranged from the mid-70s to the high-80s percent ranges.

“Our decision to make a strategic investment in further research for MBI-015 has been validated by these positive 2019 field trials,” said Dr. Pam Marrone, chief executive officer of Marrone Bio Innovations. “These results give us the confidence to move forward with a product that we expect to be a valuable tool in a grower’s integrated pest management system ….”

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