October 2023

October 2, 2023


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In this issue...

On the Cover
Colton Janssen combining soybeans near Arlington.

Ditching Labels
Having a optimistic outlook on agriculture can be difficult, especially if you let labels define your thinking.
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Cruising into fall
Whether you are travelling or gearing up for harvest, may your fall season be fruitful and pleasant.
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Iowa soybean farmers elect new leadership to bolster demand, expand opportunities
ISA confirms new president, executive committee and directors to the farmer-led board for the 2024 program year.
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Transparency and traceability
Farmers, academics and industry professionals gather to discuss consumer demand for transparency and traceability.
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Theft in the fields
Congressional members and farmers share their concerns on China's efforts to steal intellectual property.
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Experiencing Iowa's soybean industry
The ISA Experience Class travelled the state to learn how their soybean checkoff investment impacts the industry.
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Management of soybean gall midge in Iowa
Recent spike in Soybean Gall Midge populations in fields across Iowa spark concern and generate new prevention methods.
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Sabor, USA!
A recent trade mission to Chile uncovers a growing taste for Iowa-raised beef and barbeque across the world.
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Congratulations to our drone winner!
The 2023 Iowa Soybean Association Membership Drive drone winner is Brad Holdgrafer, a new farmer member from Bryant.
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Pressure ports
Political, regulatory and environmental factors putting pressure on ports and impacting efficiency of trade.
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Tag, you're it!
Baker's yeast barcodes, called BioTags, could increase traceability of Iowa soybeans and agricultural products.
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