2020 Images of Review
December 18, 2020 | Joe Murphy
This story was originally published in the December 2020 issue of the Iowa Soybean Review.
A lingering trade war with China, a broken levee system along the Missouri River and uncertain EPA rules impacting biodiesel and renewable fuels shaped the 2020 landscape in January and February. That is until COVID-19 exploded into a global pandemic forcing farmers, distributors and the food industry to rethink the supply chain and how they do business.
Many farmers had to deal with drought conditions and a devastating derecho. The year has dealt blows to Iowa soybean farmers, but there have also been glimmers of hope. China purchased $25 billion of $36.6 billion of the phase one agreement and there was a bounce in commodity markets to name two.
Through it all Iowa soybean farmers remained resilient and committed to growing sustainable protein that truly feeds the world.
The following photos offer a glimpse of the year that was. Click a photo to read more.