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With bright imagery and personable editorial, each issue of the seasonal Fresh Pickings magazine delivers a celebration of the food, farms and communities that make Iowa a special place to live. (Graphic: Ashton Boles/Iowa Soybean Association)

SPRING EDITION OF FRESH PICKINGS DELIVERS AG AWARENESS TO CONSUMERS STATEWIDE
More than 100,000 food and health-minded Iowans discovered the latest issue of Fresh Pickings magazine in their mailboxes and email inboxes this week. Now in its fifth issue, the Iowa Food & Family Project’s (Iowa FFP) seasonal print publication makes farm life accessible, interesting and relevant to consumers statewide through personable editorial, bite-sized facts and stunning photography. 

The latest issue introduces readers to Jeff and Ellen Frank for an inside look at planting season in Auburn, dives into the role of soy-based products in game days at Principal Park in Des Moines and showcases new ideas for incorporating Iowa-raised proteins into springtime salads.

Fresh Pickings magazine is available online at freshpickingsmagazine.com.

NOMINATIONS FOR THE IOWA FARM ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER AWARDS DUE MAY 4
The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award is a joint effort of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources to recognize the exemplary voluntary efforts of Iowa’s farmers as environmental leaders committed to healthy soils and improved water quality.

 It recognizes those that have taken steps in their farming operations that improve or protect the environment and natural resources of our state while also serving as local leaders to encourage other farmers to follow in their footsteps by building success upon success.

As environmental leaders, these farmers have adopted best management practices and incorporated environmental stewardship throughout their farming operations. True stewards of the land, they recognize that improved water quality and soil sustainability reaps benefits that extend beyond their fields to reach the citizens of Iowa and beyond, and have made environmental stewardship a priority on their farms.

Nomination forms for Award Year 2020 are due Monday, May 4th 2020; nominations received after that date will be considered for Award Year 2021. The selection process will begin in May with final decisions made in June/July. The awards ceremony will be Wednesday, August 19, 2020. If you have any questions, or need an alternate format of the nomination form, contact Casey Judge at casey.judge@iowaagriculture.gov.

IN WAKE OF CORONAVIRUS CAN CHINA KEEP ITS TRADE DEAL PROMISE TO US?
The economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic may prevent the world’s largest consumer of soybeans from meeting its promise to buy US$40 billion to US$50 billion worth of agricultural products from the US. The commitment was part of the phase one trade deal struck in January between Washington and Beijing and will largely hinge on soybeans, by far China’s largest agricultural import from the US, which are crushed into feed for livestock.

American soybean farmer Dave Walton, who has just started planting his latest crop at his farm in eastern Iowa, is worried his biggest customer will fail to keep its promise under the phase one trade deal.

“The Chinese trade team have made clear that they intend to make good on the deal, but if you look at the base of purchases, they’re behind where they need to be right now,” he said. “We need to make sure they live up to the deal they just signed, and hold their feet to the fire if they don’t – an agreement is an agreement.”

GET IOWA BACK ON TRACK WITH STATEWIDE COVID-19 TESTING AT TESTIOWA.COM
In Iowa, we take care of each other, and COVID-19 can show us the power we have when we work together. The best thing you can do right now to stop the spread and save lives is take a health assessment so we can better understand what is currently going on in Iowa.

 What is TestIowa? TestIowa is a new initiative in partnership with our state leaders and private corporations. Our goal is to dramatically increase the rate of COVID-19 testing so Iowans can have better access to testing and help stem the spread of COVID-19 to get us back to normal as quickly as possible.

Why is it important to consider testing? The sooner we can identify COVID-19 cases, the sooner we can get back to our normal way of life. In addition to social distancing, widespread testing is a proven, effective way to combat the spread of COVID-19. Testing gives us crucial data that we need to track the spread of the virus, contain it, and to help find a cure and save lives.

ICYMI: CELEBRATING EARTH DAY, EVERY DAY
If you missed celebrating Earth Day with us on Wednesday, that's okay! Farmers are the original conservationists, and no one knows the importance of protecting our land better than those who work it. Family farmers across Iowa have strong partnerships with ISA and other organizations to support and coordinate efforts that protect our environment and shared natural resources. Check out the stories at the link above to find out how ISA and Iowa farmers make every day Earth Day!

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For media inquiries, permission to republish articles or to request high-res photos, please contact Katie James, ISA Public Relations Manager at kjames@iasoybeans.com. © 2020 Iowa Soybean Association. All rights reserved.

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