August 10, 2023


A five-minute summary of AAI, regulation, and industry activities for members of the largest state agribusiness association in the nation.

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AAI Board of Directors Election Results

The 2023 election for the AAI Board of Directors is complete. The results are as follows:

District 4 Director

Dana Gee, Pro Cooperative

Grain Director

Bill Beukema, StateLine Coop

At-Large Director

Katie Stutsman, Corteva

Congratulations to the elected directors. The listed board members will participate in the next meeting of the board on September 14, and will officially begin their three year term on October 1.

Grain Indemnity Fund Assessment Begins On September 1

Grain Bins

Participation Fees

IDALS licensees are required to pay participation fees into the Fund including the following:

Grain Dealer Fee

  • .00014 per bushel based on previous fiscal year's purchases
  • Minimum fee of $50; no maximum fee

Grain Warehouse Fee

  • .00014 per bushel based on storage capacity
  • Minimum fee of $50; maximum fee of $500

Additional details are available online, including an FAQ for grain warehouses and an FAQ for farmers:

Questions regarding the assessment can be directed to the Grain Warehouse Bureau - 515-281-5324 or

AAI Summer Grain Grading Workshops


Workshop Participant Registration Fees

AAI Member Companies: $130

Non-Member Companies: $155

August 29 - 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Zeigler CAT - Altoona, Iowa

15 Seats Remaining

August 30 - 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Zeigler CAT - Altoona, Iowa

23 Seats Remaining

August 31 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Viterra - Creston, Iowa

3 Seats Remaining

Each Workshop Limited to 30 Participants | No walk-in students will be accepted

This one-day hands-on workshop will feature the latest information on grain quality. The Grain Grading workshop will address and display many different grain samples but will emphasize corn and soybeans. Presentations on the grading and appeal process will be given. Participants will learn what the official U.S. grades are and how to obtain a representative sample. Attendees will also learn how to recognize major grain damage factors.

Workshop registrants will be assigned on a first come, first-served basis. The same workshop is held on all days, so participants only need to attend one session. 

The workshop is under the direction of Federal Grain Inspection Service inspectors from the National Grain Center.

AAI Golf Outings



Get Your Foursome Together and Get Ready For A Great Day!


July 13 - Okoboji, Iowa

Emerald Hills Golf Course

Aug. 24 - Amana, Iowa

Amana Colonies Golf Course

Sept. 13 - Ames, Iowa

Coldwater Golf Links

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Out And About

Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference

In Attendance:

Ben Gleason, INREC Executive Director

Member Visit - Davis Equipment

In Attendance:

Bill Northey, AAI CEO

Grain Indemnity Fund Advisory Board Meeting

In Attendance:

Mark White, Smith Fertilizer & Grain

Bill Beukema, StateLine Cooperative

Bill Northey, AAI CEO

United Services Association Customer Appreciation Event

In Attendance:

Bill Northey, AAI CEO


August 24

AAI Golf Outing - Amana Colonies Golf Club

9:00 AM Shotgun Start | Amana, Iowa

August 29

Grain Grading Workshop

8:30 AM | Ziegler CAT - Altoona, Iowa

August 30

Grain Grading Workshop

8:30 AM | Ziegler CAT - Altoona, Iowa

August 31

Grain Grading Workshop

9:00 AM | Viterra - Creston, Iowa

September 13

AAI Golf Outing - Coldwater Golf Links

10:00 AM Shotgun Start | Ames, Iowa


Recycling Pesticide Containers


The link provided to AAI in last week's Take Five referenced an out of date article. Follow the link above for current information on pesticide container recycling.

Nitrogen Initiative Field Days

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The Iowa Nitrogen Initiative (INI) is excited to announce its summer 2023 Field Day Series. Attendees of the field days can look forward to presentations from the INI project directors about project goals and optimizing nitrogen management, discussion with farmer participants about their experiences with the trials, as well as an introduction to the technologies used and drone footage of the research areas. Each field day will also feature topics in nutrient management of local interest, chosen by the host.

All field days begin at 10 AM and are hosted by farmer participants throughout the state: 

  • Tuesday, August 15 hosted by farmer Tim Burrack – Fayette County
  • Wednesday, August 16 hosted by farmer Kelly Nieuwenhuis – O’Brien County
  • Wednesday, August 23 hosted by farmer Dave Schwartz – Guthrie County
  • Wednesday, September 6 hosted by Iowa State University – Kluver ISU Research Farm, Boone County 

Lunch will be provided by Iowa Corn. All INI Field Days are free and open to the public. If you plan to attend, an RSVP is greatly appreciated:

Want to learn more about the initiative but can’t attend a field day? Contact Ben Gleason,, and he can set up a meeting with the team at ISU.

Iowa Nitrogen Initiative Website

AMS Seeking Nominations For USDA Grain Inspection Advisory Committee

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the USDA Grain Inspection Advisory Committee. The nomination period is currently open and closes on September 22, 2023.

The advisory committee meets no less than once annually to advise AMS on the programs and services it delivers under the U.S. Grain Standards Act. Advisory Committee recommendations help AMS advance its customers' needs in a dynamic and changing marketplace. Meetings are held virtually or in a hybrid style, with participants attending in person or virtually.

A notice announcing the nomination period with instructions on submitting applications was published in the Federal Register on August 8, 2023. The nomination application can also be found on the website. For more information, please contact, Chief of Staff at AMS Federal Grain Inspection Service.

AMS policy is that the diversity of the boards, councils and committees it oversees should reflect the diversity of their industries in terms of the experience of members, methods of production and distribution, marketing strategies, and other distinguishing factors, including but not limited to individuals from historically underserved communities, that will bring different perspectives and ideas to the table. Throughout the full nomination process, AMS, in conjunction with industry, conducts extensive outreach, paying particular attention to reaching underserved communities, and considers the diversity of the population served and the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the members to serve a diverse population.

Cybersecurity for Agriculture Workshop

Precision technologies and big-data analytics are delivering enormous benefits to agricultural production, innovation and discovery.

However, these critical advancements also expose the agricultural ecosystem to various forms of cyber attack that could jeopardize the food & agriculture supply chain, food safety and security and — ultimately — national security

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Incentive payments boost cover crops, 9 in 10 farmers still continue after payments end

Source: ASTA

A new national cover crop survey report released today challenges assumptions on the role of incentive payments in cover crop adoption. Incentives play a key role in getting some farmers started on cover crops—49% of the cover crop users participating in the survey reported receiving some sort of payment for cover crops in 2022, and 77.8% of cover crop non-users said incentive payments would be helpful. However, 90.3% of the farmers who were receiving cover crop incentives reported that they would definitely or probably continue planting cover crops after the payments ended, while only 3.3% said they definitely or probably would drop cover crops at the end of the incentive program.

In all, just 15.6% of cover crop users said receiving incentive payments was one of their goals for cover cropping.


These findings were among many conclusions drawn in a report, issued jointly by the USDA-NIFA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), based on insights from nearly 800 farmers in 49 states.

“Some people mistakenly assume that farmers only stick with cover crops because of payments, but this year’s National Cover Crop Survey provided a very different perspective,” says Dr. Rob Myers of SARE, lead researcher on the 2022-2023 National Cover Crop Survey Report.

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Nebraska, Iowa Corn Shows Above-Average Yield Potential Thanks to Timely Rainfall

Source: Progressive Farmer

The corn crop's revival story continues on the third day of the 2023 DTN Digital Yield Tour. Gro Intelligence's corn yield estimate for Nebraska has rebounded 21% from its lows in late June. There's above-average potential in Iowa despite its variability, while some of Wisconsin's prime farmland has had little reprieve from drought.

The DTN Digital Yield Tour, now in its sixth year, looks at how the corn and soybean crops are progressing using Gro's yield models, which update daily to incorporate new data. Yield projections are generated using satellite imagery, rainfall data, temperature maps and much more beginning at the county level. County yield averages are then used to generate state and national yield estimates.

On Wednesday, Aug. 9, Gro's models put corn yields above five-year averages in Nebraska and Iowa, at 189.5 and 202 bushels per acre (bpa), respectively. Iowa's estimate is just 2 bpa shy of the record set in 2021. After back-to-back record seasons, Wisconsin's crop didn't get relief from July rains, and Gro's yield estimate dropped to 172.2 bpa.

"We know we started this season with a lot of stress," Gro Intelligence Senior Analyst Jon Haines said. "Soil moisture is low, so even more than normal, it's about where it did rain and where it didn't."

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Top U.S. Food Imports by Origin Country

Source: Visual Capitalist

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The U.S. is a major producer and exporter of food products, but did you know that it’s also one of the world’s largest food importers?

Due to seasonality and climate, some foods can’t be grown on home soil, at least enough to fulfill consumption demands. Indeed, many familiar grocery items come from other countries.

This infographic from Julie Peasley uses data from the Chatham House Resource Trade Database (CHRTD) to show where the U.S. gets its food from, highlighting the top exporting countries of various imported food items.

The Types of Imported Foods

The U.S. imported around $148 billion worth of agricultural products in 2020, and according to the USDA, this has since risen to $194 billion in 2022.

Around 50% of all U.S. agricultural imports are horticultural products like fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and more. Other large import categories include sugar and tropical products, meat, grains, and oilseeds.

With that context in mind, we break down each category and highlight the five foods with the largest single-origin import value.

Farm Fresh: Fruit and Vegetable Imports

U.S. fruit and vegetable imports have been on a steady rise since 2000. In fact, between 2011 and 2021, fruits and nuts imports made up 44% of domestic consumption, while 35% of vegetables consumed in the U.S. came from outside the country.

Mexico is by far the largest exporter of fruits and vegetables to the United States.

The U.S. imported $2.5 billion worth of tomatoes from Mexico in 2020, representing 31% of international tomato trade. Avocados, native to central Mexico, were nearly as popular with $2.1 billion worth of imports.

Generally, the largest exporters of fruits and vegetables to the U.S. are North and South American countries, with products often coming from Guatemala, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, and Brazil.

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National FFA membership hits all-time high of over 945,000

Source: Ag Daily

With membership increasing 11 percent over last year, the National FFA Organization has hit a record-high enrollment of 945,988 students. The top five membership states of the organization are Texas, California, Georgia, Illinois, and North Carolina.

The growth has been fueled by the addition of 168 FFA chapters, bringing to 9,163 the total number of chapters in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

“It’s exciting to see our numbers grow and know we continue to influence the next generation of leaders,” said National FFA CEO Scott Stump. “This generation is making a difference in their communities and agriculture. We’re excited to see the enthusiasm for agricultural education and FFA reflected in our membership.”

Though recognized in formal settings by their blue corduroy jackets (and the emblem on it), FFA members come from all walks of life and have a variety of aspirations and goals.

Things such as Officer Team opportunities, American Star Awards, talent awards, Distinguished Service awards, and Model of Excellence honors are just some of kinds of recognition that are available to individuals and chapters through FFA. Many of these are handed out and/or announced at the National FFA Convention & Expo, held each fall in Indianapolis.

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