August 24, 2023


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Congratulations To The

AAI Amana Golf Outing Winning Team!

Team members are: Nick Miller, Konner Prizek, Jerry Romine, and John Romine.

NGFA Harvest Safety Week - Aug. 21-25

This week, National Grain and Feed Association has been hosting its fifth annual Harvest Safety Week.

During this week, NGFA has been delivering harvest-related safety information to grain handlers and encouraging the sharing of safety resources available on throughout the agricultural community. 

Below are direct links to three of the safety videos from earlier this week:

Safety As A Workplace Value

Evolution of Workplace Safety in Grain Handling

Harvest Hazards

Go to for all videos and additional safety resources and information (video links are in the sidebar on the right hand side of the page)

AAI Promotes Safe Handling and Storage of Treated Seed during Harvest

As harvest begins across Iowa, AAI reminds grain handlers to take the proper steps to ensure treated seed does not enter the grain supply. It’s always important to completely remove, and properly dispose of, all treated seed from containers and equipment used to handle harvested grain.

For educational resources on treated seed stewardship, including videos, graphics, one-pagers and FAQs, visit:

Learn more about treated seed benefits and safety at:

Next Week! AAI Grain Grading Workshops

Limited Seating Still Available


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

10 Seats Remaining

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

Zeigler CAT - Altoona, Iowa

16 Seats Remaining

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

Viterra - Creston, Iowa

2 Seats Remaining

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

Full information online:

AAI Golf Outings


Last Outing of the Summer - September 13

Coldwater Golf Links | Ames, Iowa


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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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


August 25

AAI Legislative Committee

10:00 AM | AAI Main Office Board Room

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 7

AAI Agronomy & Environment Committees

11:00 AM | AAI Main Office Board Room

September 12

AAI Showcase Committee

10:00 AM | AAI Main Office Board Room

September 13

AAI Golf Outing - Coldwater Golf Links

10:00 AM Shotgun Start | Ames, Iowa

September 14

AAI Board of Directors Meeting

8:00 AM | World Food Prize Hall of Laureates


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: 

  • 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

Spot Spray Technologies Extension Zoom Webinar

Novel technologies with real-time camera-based weed detection systems for site-specific weed management (aka spot spraying) such as the Blue River Technology John Deere See & Spray Ultimate, One Smart Spray (Bosch-BASF joint venture), and the Greeneye technology. Each technology accounts for spatial variation in weed density by spraying foliar herbicides only on areas with weed infestation (“green-on-brown” for burndown PRE-emergence applications and “green-on-green” for foliar POST-emergence applications).

The goal of this Extension webinar is to generate awareness and address agricultural stakeholder questions regarding these novel technologies. This FREE technical webinar is being organized by Rodrigo Werle and Glenn Nice, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Chris Proctor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Anita Dille, Kansas State University as part of a research and education grant funded by the National Corn Growers Association and the North Central Soybean Research Program. All are welcome to register and attend this event!

Register Online

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.

For more information, please contact, Chief of Staff at AMS Federal Grain Inspection Service.

Industry Headlines


EATS Act opponents speak out

Source: Feedstuffs

A bipartisan group of more than 170 lawmakers is urging Congress not to include the EATS Act in the new farm bill. That legislation, formally known as the Ending Agricultural Trade Suppression Act, would bar states from passing laws affecting agriculture production in other states. It was proposed after the Supreme Court upheld California’s controversial Proposition 12, which established more stringent animal housing requirements for products sold in that state.

On Monday, Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D- Ore., and Brian Fitzpatrick, R- Pa., crafted an open letter to House Ag Committee chair Glenn “GT” Thompson and ranking member David Scott. In it, they say they are strongly opposed to including the EATS Act in a new farm bill, pointing out that similar efforts failed in 2014 and 2018. 

The letter was signed by 171 congressional members who say the EATS Act is an attempt by the pork industry to undermine new standards. They argue that 15 states have enacted their own regulations on the production and sale of things like egg-laying chickens, veal calves and mother pigs. They also note the egg industry did not fight these laws and is instead transitioning to cage-free facilities.

“This is not a case of California imposing its standards on other states,” the letter says. “Producers in any state can choose not to supply another state’s consumers or to segregate animals for different markets.”

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Iowa, Nebraska Sue EPA for Stalling Year-Round E15

Source: AgWeb

Numerous governors called on the EPA in 2022 to enable E15 sales all year-round. By law, EPA is given 90 days to act on such petitions.

It has now been over 380 days since the governors reached out, with no response from EPA.

Monte Shaw, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association executive director, says the Clean Air Act’s requirements for the EPA aren’t complicated science.

“There’s no question of the law, science or anything. They’re simply not doing their job,” says Shaw.

So, what’s the hold up? EPA says it will act on the petitions by the end of 2023, but Shaw isn't convinced. While the fuel industry can’t pinpoint one reason why EPA has stalled, Shaw says he has his own suspicions.

“Refiners say they need more time to prepare for year-round sales, but we don’t think that’s 100% accurate,” says Shaw. “If EPA pushes this into 2024, refiners will petition for a waiver, saying they didn’t have enough time to prepare. It’s a crybaby story they’d pitch to a judge, who might listen. There’s no reason for it,” says Shaw.

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DJI already dominates consumer drones; now it’s getting into delivery

Source: Freight Waves

Chinese drone maker DJI won’t settle for its estimated 70% share of the global consumer drone market.

In a move that could have major implications for the company and the drone industry at large, DJI this week unveiled FlyCart 30, its first delivery drone. Aptly named for its 30-kilogram (66-pound) payload in standard configuration, the new product marks DJI’s entry into a largely untapped market for delivery via the small, buzzing aircraft.

For now, the new model will only be available in China. But DJI told FLYING it will consider launches in other markets down the line.

Until now, DJI made drones almost exclusively for hobbyists and industrial enterprise customers. Most of its designs are camera drones equipped with high-definition lenses, video recorders and other aerial imaging equipment. Some models include thermal or infrared sensors, mapping software, advanced communications and other features designed for surveillance and inspection.

The firm’s camera drones are considered to be very high quality. They’ve been used to film several high-profile TV shows, including “Game of Thrones,” “The Amazing Race,” “Better Call Saul” and “American Ninja Warrior.” Other DJI camera drones include the high-performance Mavic, the low-cost Spark and the hexarotor Flame Wheel.

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Cargill’s emission reduction effort looks to sails for transport

Source: Ag Daily

Out with the new, in with the old? A collaboration between Cargill, BAR Technologies, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Yara Marine Technologies has the potential to decarbonize cargo vessels by up to 30 percent — with sails.  

Innovations in Cargill’s transportation sector only make sense with their regenerative collaborations involving agriculture. 

The partnership’s innovation, BAR Tech WindWings, has already set sail on open waters on Mitsubishi Corporation’s Pyrix Ocean, chartered by Cargill. The large wing sails measure 37.5 meters in height and can be fit onto the deck of cargo ships to harness the power of the wind. 

“The maritime industry is on a journey to decarbonize — it’s not an easy one, but it is an exciting one,” said Jan Dieleman, president of Cargill’s Ocean transportation business. “A technology like WindWings doesn’t come without risk, and as an industry leader — in partnership with visionary shipowner Mitsubishi Corporation – we are not afraid to invest, take those risks, and be transparent with our learnings to help our partners in maritime transition to a more sustainable future.”

The WindWings project is co-funded by the European Union as part of their CHECK Horizon 2020 initiative. 

The performance of the WindWings will be closely monitored over the coming months to further improve their design, operation, and performance, with the aim that the Pyxis Ocean will be used to inform the scale-up and adoption across Cargill’s fleet and the industry.

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