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The State of Soy: Season 2, Episode 6

June 10, 2020

This episode of the state of soy dives into policy and market demand amidst today's uncertain agricultural climate with perspectives from Maxwell, Iowa farmer Rick Kimberley. We also share what it means to a farmer member at ISA and hear from two practiced members of our soybean family on the value of activating your membership. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig makes an appearance and shares details on the difficulties farmers are facing during this time. And no episode is complete without a spotlight on our hard-working farmers. We head to Corning to get Ray and Chris Gaesser's take on cover crops. And don't move your mouse until you watch this edition of Through the Lens, highlighting the devastation and subsequent rebuilding after the historic flooding last year along the Missouri River.

In this episode: 

Policy and market demand update

With several international and domestic agricultural plights beyond our control, it's safe to say policy, demand and farming are a crossroads. Head to the Kimberley farm in Maxwell, Iowa to get the latest.

The value of being an ISA member

We get it. You're busy and certainly aren't at a loss for ways to spend your time. Because of that, ISA works hard to make sure we have the resources and opportunities most valuable for you and your farm. 

Mike Naig on the state of Iowa agriculture

Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and northwest Iowa farmer tells The State of Soy what it's like in the ag department during a global pandemic. He also touches on important farmer details like pesticide applicator training and permit renewals.

How cover crops changed this southwest Iowa farm

The Gaesser's knew they had to do something when four inches of rain fell on their land in just one hour. When terraces and no-till weren't good enough, they turned to cover crops. Now benefiting from less runoff and erosion, they can plant earlier in the year and profit from higher quality soil.

Through the Lens: Missouri River recovery

Last spring we were alongside our western Iowa farmers suffering from historic flooding along the Missouri River. In this edition of "Through the Lens", we see not only the devastating effects of these waters, but the rebuilding and subsequent planting on these farmers' lands.