January 19, 2023


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2023 AAI Executive Session in Washington DC

February 22-24, 2023

The Agribusiness Association of Iowa is offering a unique opportunity for Iowa Agribusiness Leaders and Executives. In conjunction with the 2023 Ag Outlook Forum being held in Washington, DC. in February, AAI would like to host a small group of business leaders to join Bill Northey, AAI CEO, in attending a variety of meetings at the 2023 Ag Outlook Forum in addition to meetings arranged by AAI with other key ag stakeholders in DC. Final schedule to come but AAI is working to get you in the room with Iowa and ag political leaders, administrative officials, and national organizations such as CropLife, ARA, NGFA, USDA, and EPA.

Sample agenda:

  • Wednesday, 2/22, meetings arranged by AAI, Iowans in DC dinner
  • Thursday, 2/23, Ag Outlook meetings and meetings arranged by AAI, group dinner
  • Friday, 2/24, Ag Outlook meetings and meetings arranged by AAI

AAI organizes the agenda, you arrange your travel to coordinate with your schedule, and you attend all or some of the meetings—it is up to you. No obligation to attend every activity.  You design the trip to best fit your and your organization’s needs. Costs for you would include: travel, meals, ground transportation, and lodging. In addition, if you choose to attend any of the Ag Outlook meetings, registration is required.  Additional information about the Ag Outlook schedule, registration, lodging, is available at the link below:

USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum website

Contact sally@agribiz.org with questions and to get your name added to the list of those interested in attending 2023 AAI Executive Session in Washington, DC. Participation is limited and final commitment will be needed by February 10.

AAI Legislative Breakfast at the Capitol

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Join your fellow AAI members at the Iowa State Capitol for a breakfast reception meet and greet with Iowa legislators. This event is a prime opportunity to make connections with legislators and talk about items that are important to your business.

AAI Legislative Breakfast

Thursday, January 26, 2023

7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines

Room 15 - Legislative Dining Room

Those attending will meet at the AAI main office prior to the event and walk over to the Iowa State Capitol Building. Attendees may also go directly to the event as their schedule allows.

If you have any questions, contact Sally Thompson - sally@agribiz.org or 515.262.8323.

EPA Accepting Comments On Proposed Label Language Through February 14

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the deadline to February 14 for public comments regarding proposed label language to comply with the Endangered Species Act. This is in response to several requests for extensions including CropLife America and the Weed Science Society of America.

EPA requests that commenters provide input to proposed mitigation measures and label changes on the following issues: feasibility, user impacts, efficacy in reducing exposure, compliance, and clarifications to label language. AAI will submit comments representing the agribusiness industry in Iowa. Individuals and businesses may also submit comments.

For more information, visit:

EPA’s Workplan and Progress Toward Better Protections for Endangered Species | US EPA

Iowa Commercial Applicator of the Year - Submit Your Nominations


Nominations are open for the first annual Iowa Commercial Applicator of the Year.

Click Here for Nomination Form

Commercial applicators in Iowa spend hundreds of hours in the field every year applying fertilizer and crop protection products on millions of crop acres. This award showcases the hard work professional applicators put into caring for crops and customers as well as their involvement in their communities.

Nominations for Iowa Commercial Applicator of the Year must be received no later than close of business on January 31, 2023. Questions? Please contact Reilly Vaughan at reilly@agribiz.org or 515.262.8323.

Full Details Online

Secretary of Ag Swearing In Ceremony

Mike Naig was sworn-in for his second full term as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture on Friday, January 13. Comments from Secretary Naig at the ceremony can be found on the IDALS website:


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INREC 2022 Crop Year Survey Starts This Month

The Iowa Nutrient Research & Education Council (INREC) has been measuring progress towards the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy for over five years. The flagship measurement tool is a survey of ag retailers regarding their customers’ adoption of conservation practices such as cover crops, reduced tillage, and nutrient management. INREC’s regional liaisons will be visiting 150 randomly selected ag retail locations to carry out the survey for the 2022 crop year.

For more information on the survey protocols and results from 2017-2021, visit:

Programs & Resources | Iowa Nutrient Research & Education Council (iowanrec.org)

Contact Ben Gleason, INREC executive director, at bgleason@agribiz.org if you have any questions.


Our condolences to the family of Mark Reisinger on the passing of his mother, Sandra Reisinger. Mark is a former AAI CEO (2008-2010) and board member. Details regarding services here.

Our condolences to the family of Joan O’Brien, AAI CFO, on the passing of her brother, Dan O’Brien. Details regarding services here.

New events of note for 2023!

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The 2023 Showcase schedule is packed with great sessions and events. Here are a few that have just been added or confirmed:

Des Moines Industrial - Transloading Facility Tours (60 Minute Tour)

  • Tuesday, Feb. 14 | Bus leaves fairgrounds at 4:15 PM
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15 | Bus leaves fairgrounds at 10:00 AM

Showcase Shotgun Pancake Breakfast | Wednesday, Feb. 15

  • Guest Speaker: Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird

Bags (Corn Hole) Tournament | Tuesday, February 14

  • During All Industry Reception - $10 per participant ($20 team)
  • Registered attendees and exhibitors watch your email for registration information


Be a part of it all - Register Now!


Exhibitors: Attendees Are Asking About You

Make sure they find you!

Attendees are looking for companies on the exhibitor list. Add your company to the Agribusiness Showcase & Conference so your clients (and future clients) know you'll be there!

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Make an Impact - Donate an Item for the Iowa Agribusiness PAC Auction

Tuesday evening activities during the reception on February 14 at the 2023 Agribusiness Showcase & Conference will include the annual LIVE AUCTION which raises funds to support the Iowa Agribusiness Political Action Committee (AAI-PAC) and the Agribusiness Association of Iowa Foundation (AAIF). There are also plans in place for the return of the silent auction this year!


Be there!  Help celebrate the retirement of Joan O'Brien from AAI.

Donate an auction item! Your donation of an experience, item, or package of items will help make this year’s auction the best yet!  Please email Sally Thompson for more information or to confirm a donation - sally@agribiz.org.


All donations to the PAC must be from personal funds and are not tax deductible. No corporate funds allowed. This includes in-kind donations such as items for bid (e.g. round of golf). 

Donations from corporate or business organizations will support the AAI Foundation.

If you have any questions, contact Sally Thompson - sally@agribiz.org or 515.868.0323.


January 26

AAI Legislative Breakfast

7:30 AM | Iowa State Capitol Building

AAI Board of Directors Meeting

10:00 AM | AAI Main Office Board Room

February 14 & 15

Agribusiness Showcase & Conference

Knapp Varied Industries Building

Iowa State Fairgrounds | Des Moines, Iowa

Click Here to Register Online



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Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator Prep Course Feb. 28 through March 3

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Central Community College are offering a four-day workshop that will prepare attendees to become certified as Commercial Pesticide Applicators.

This course will focus on materials needed to take the Iowa Core Manual Exam and Categories 1A (Ag Weed Control), 1B (Ag Insect Control) and 1C (Ag Disease Control). In addition, this material will cover local context and real-life application of insect, weed and disease management. Course information will be presented by ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists. 

Tuition for the class is $549 and includes the Core, 1A, 1B and 1C manuals. The workshop will take place from Feb. 28 through March 3, Iowa Central East Campus, Triton Room, in Fort Dodge, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day. 

Full Details:

Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator Course

Crop Insurance Discount Program for Cover Crops Extended to January 27

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today extended the deadline to apply for the Crop Insurance Discount Program for cover crops to Jan. 27. Farmers who planted fall cover crops in 2022 can apply to receive $5 per acre discount on their 2023 crop insurance premiums. 

To qualify for the Crop Insurance Discount Program, the cover crop acres cannot be enrolled in other state or federal cost share programs. Farmers should visit the local USDA service center to learn about other cost share funding available to support the implementation of conservation practices. Some insurance policies, such as Whole-Farm Revenue Protection or those covered through written agreements, may be excluded. Participants must follow all existing farming practices required by their respective policy and work with their insurance agencies to maintain eligibility.

Full details at: apply.cleanwateriowa.org


ISU VDL to receive $40 million in funding to complete Phase 2

Source: Feedstuffs

Governor Kim Reynolds has announced $40 million in funding to help complete Phase 2 of Iowa State University's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Reynolds has also proposed in her budget an additional $20 million from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund — $10 million in FY24 and $10 million in FY25 — to total $60 million in state support for the VDL project. Funding for this initial investment is being made available through the federal American Rescue Plan Act. 

"The Veterinary Diagnostic Lab is absolutely critical to support and protect our state and country's agriculture industry and food supply," said Reynolds. "This investment will significantly expand the VDL's capacity to support Iowa's $32.5 billion animal agriculture industry and will keep this nationally-recognized lab on the forefront of cutting-edge technology. Iowa will remain a global leader in agriculture, combatting foreign animal diseases, and recruiting and retaining veterinary talent."

"We are deeply grateful to Governor Reynolds for allocating these critical resources to construct Phase 2 of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory," said Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen. "This funding will help ensure the VDL can continue to provide cutting-edge services and support to Iowa’s livestock and poultry producers."

"The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is enormously important to Iowa's nation-leading livestock industry and provides immeasurable expertise on worldwide animal health and food safety issues. I want to thank Gov. Reynolds for making this critical piece of infrastructure a high priority," said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig. "Our close partnership with the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab has been essential in implementing our response to the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak and we rely on their team's recommendations as we enhance our preparedness for other foreign animal disease threats." 

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Coalition including ag stakeholders files suit over WOTUS rule

Source: AgDaily

Farmers and ranchers have been understandably unsettled with the new WOTUS rule that was put in motion just a couple of weeks ago. Today, several groups and stakeholders have filed a complaint against the Environmental Protection Agency’s final “Waters of the U.S.” rule, saying that it violates the U.S. Constitution and exceeds agency authorities under the Commerce Clause. 

Instead of providing clarity, plaintiffs write that under the new rule, agencies will exert Clean Waters Act jurisdictions over small and large dry land and water features. The complaint reads, “Under the rule, plaintiffs’ members will constantly be at risk that any sometimes-wet feature on their property will be deemed WOTUS by the Agencies using vague and unpredictable standards — making normal business activities in that area subject to criminal and civil penalties.”

Among other stakeholders filing, plaintiffs included the American Farm Bureau Federation, Matagorda County Farm Bureau, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Corn Growers’ Association, National Pork Producers Council, Public Lands Council, Texas Farm Bureau, and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association. 

“The Biden administration’s WOTUS definition is an attack on farmers and ranchers, and NCBA will be fighting back in court,” said NCBA Chief Counsel Mary-Thomas Hart. “The rule removes longstanding, bipartisan exclusions for small and isolated water features on farms and ranches and adds to the regulatory burden cattle producers are facing under this administration. We look forward to challenging this rule in court and ensuring that cattle producers are treated fairly under the law.”

The Waters of the United States rule has to work for farmers. Stakeholders began voicing their concerns against the 2015 WOTUS Rule because of the broad definition and technical issues that the rule presented. 

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Play it again: High and volatile commodity prices in the year ahead

Source: Successful Farming

Economic growth and inflation will slow in the coming months, but commodity prices are likely to be volatile as the world’s farmers try to catch up with the global appetite for food, said two leading agricultural economists on Wednesday. “I think that 2023 still looks pretty strong” for U.S. farm income, said Nathan Kaufman, the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank’s principal expert on agriculture economics.

Joe Glauber of the IFPRI think tank said that relatively slim global grain inventories as the growing season nears in the Northern Hemisphere would mean continued volatility in commodity prices.

“I think the bottom line here is … price volatility will continue throughout the year, and I think that means prices, while they’re going to be down hopefully from the spikes that we saw last February, they’re still going to remain high, certainly relative to the pre-2020 years,” said Glauber.

Commodity prices, followed by production costs, began to surge in 2020 with the arrival of the pandemic, remained strong in 2021 as the world economy recovered, and soared following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. High global demand for food, limited supplies of agricultural products, and high prices for fuel, fertilizer, and other agricultural inputs are major elements of the agricultural outlook for this year, too.

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China extends tariff on U.S. Dried Distillers Grain

Source: Brownfield Ag News

China is extending anti-dumping tariffs on U.S. Dried Distillers Grain imports five more years.

U.S. Grains Council CEO Ryan LeGrand says it’s disappointing but not a surprise.

“We kind of expected this outcome, we did (as USGC) file a defense on behalf of the industry as we typically do with these type of cases in the anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases. But just mounted a very minimal defense because we kind of knew what the outcome was going to be.”

The move keeps tariffs amounting to as much as 66 percent on U.S. DDGS.

LeGrand tells Brownfield China can be a 5-to-7-million-ton customer but has not been a strong presence in the market the past five years.

“When they’ve had these duties in place (and) Distillers Grains have found another home, albeit at probably a different relative value to corn and other ingredients. But they’ve found a home and exports have remained strong even without China.”

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