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Overview

The Innovation to Profit Conference, powered by the Iowa Soybean Association, will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. (1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny, Iowa 50023)

Join Iowa Soybean Association’s Research Center for Farming Innovation (RCFI) team as they dive into research results, how to integrate in-field and edge-of-field strategies on the farm, and ideas to improve profitability.

This $250 value conference is provided at no cost thanks to your checkoff investment.

2022 Conference Agenda

9:00 a.m.     Registration Opens & Networking Breakfast

9:45 a.m.     Welcome to ISA and RCFI!

10:00 a.m.   Opening Session – The Fundamental Outlook for Agriculture: What to Expect in 2022 and Beyond | Speaker: Matt Erickson, Ag Economic & Policy Advisor, Farm Credit Services of America

As the U.S. enters the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s clear that the virus still has a hold on the economy. Whether it’s labor, supply chain, or inflationary challenges, each is having a direct impact on the agricultural sector. Meanwhile, demand for U.S. agricultural commodities has been robust lifting commodity prices to levels not seen since 2012/13. But even so, record high fertilizer prices along with other input expenses are expected to significantly impact producer margins. As we enter 2022, what can soybean producers expect to see from the U.S. macroeconomy? What do supply and demand fundamentals look like over the next five years in agriculture? This presentation will provide trends and insights as to what producers can expect from the U.S. macroeconomy and the U.S. agricultural sector in 2022 and beyond.

10:50 a.m.   Breakouts (concurrent programming)

#1: Increasing Profitability in Soil Health Promoting Systems

Hear how a systems approach was successful in a farmer’s journey to and through cover crops.

#2: Decision Support Tool Workshop: ISA Dynamic Economic Solutions for Farmers

ISA has developed a series of free, online, interactive decision-aid tools to help farmers address the economic dynamics of ag decisions including volatility in prices, input costs, crop productivity, weather, and sustainability in easy-to-use formats.   

#3: A Systems Approach to Achieving High Yields: Research Results - Part 1

ISA’s RCFI team reviews precipitation and temperature patterns across the state for the 2021 growing season and discusses the effect on soybean and corn yields. They will also highlight research regarding late maturity soybeans planted early in the spring, trials and results conduced on biological products, nitrogen timing and management, and how you can get involved through trials on your own farm.  

#4: Managing Water for Crop Production, Water Quality, and Other Values

Water is a primary factor in crop production, and water quality concerns are key issues in Iowa and in the nation. This session will look at a range of water management options to improve both crop production and water quality or provide other values and how water monitoring can inform management.  

#5: Interactive Economic Games: Gauging Risk and Collaboration in Addressing Community-Based Crop Management Responses (maximum 25 participants)

How often do you go to a meeting where you are asked to play an economic game and even win a prize? These interactive games were developed as part of a multi-institutional project called “Smart Integrated Farm Network for Rural Agricultural Communities” that explores new ways to create local community-focused independent farmer networks. The project uses various technologies to improve connectivity within and between farms as well as real-time AI sensing to detect insects and diseases within fields to promote increased yield and profitability. The interactive economic games are designed for farmers to gauge their risk perception and desire to share production challenges and personal stories for community-based responses to different crop production and conservation challenges.

Participants paid based on outcome of economic session.


12:00 p.m.
   Lunch

12:45 p.m.   Breakouts (concurrent programming)

#1: Capturing the Value in Soil Health Promoting Systems

The benefits of soil health promoting systems are well known, but the economics can still be a challenge. This session will discuss both short-term and longer-term ways to capture additional value from no-till and cover crops so that they pay for themselves, including emerging carbon markets.  

#2: ISA Research Center for Farming Innovation Think Tank: Charting the Future of the RCFI

Soybean farming, the soybean industry and the global value chain for soybeans and soybean products continue to change at a staggering pace. This session will provide a forum for forward-thinking discussions of how RCFI research, communications and outreach can proactively support Iowa soybean farmers in their efforts to be the most profitable, productive, and sustainable suppliers of soybeans for current and emerging domestic and global markets.

#3: A Systems Approach to Achieving High Yields: Research Results - Part 2

ISA RCFI staff and invited guests will discuss trends in weed resistance across the state as well as the best strategies for managing them and limiting future resistance challenges. Discussions will also provide an update on pest activity and review trial results in efforts to mitigate crop risk. Gall midge, white mold, corn rootworm, and fungicide trials will be highlighted during this session. RCFI staff will also talk through how you can participate in trials.

#4: Interactive Economic Games: Gauging Risk and Collaboration in Addressing Community-Based Crop Management Responses (maximum 25 participants)

How often do you go to a meeting where you are asked to play an economic game and even win a prize? These interactive games were developed as part of a multi-institutional project called “Smart Integrated Farm Network for Rural Agricultural Communities” that explores new ways to create local community-focused independent farmer networks. The project uses various technologies to improve connectivity within and between farms as well as real-time AI sensing to detect insects and diseases within fields to promote increased yield and profitability. The interactive economic games are designed for farmers to gauge their risk perception and desire to share production challenges and personal stories for community-based responses to different crop production and conservation challenges.

Participants paid based on outcome of economic session.


1:45 p.m.
       Closing Session: The State of Soy 2022 Panel and Q&A From Supply Chain Squeezes to Rocketing Demand for Renewable Fuels – What You Need to Know for What You Need to Grow

Hear how transportation, emerging markets, and the supply chain play into the production decisions for Iowa soybean farmers. Industry professionals lay out the road map considering the opportunities and challenges ahead.

2:45 p.m.      Wrap Up & Reflection

3:00 p.m.      Adjourn

Up to 4.0 hours of CCA credit can be obtained at this conference.

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