May 30, 2024


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Winton Etchen Scholarship Deadline July 15

The Agribusiness Association of Iowa Foundation is currently accepting applications for the Winton Etchen Scholarship. The primary goal of the scholarship is to encourage Iowa youth to prepare for a career in agriculture. This scholarship provides college financial assistance to a resident of Iowa or a dependent of an AAI member who chooses to study agriculture.

Students who are legal residents of the State of Iowa and who will enroll in an agriculture-related curriculum at Iowa State University are eligible to apply. Each year’s successful applicant is awarded $1,000 and is eligible to receive $250 for each of the next three years. Applicants must be sponsored by a member of the Agribusiness Association of Iowa.

In order to be considered for this scholarship, the application and all supporting materials must be postmarked by July 15, 2024.

Full details, including scholarship application form, can be found on the AAI Foundation website:

Winton Etchen Scholarship Webpage

Forum Provides Insight On Candidate Approaches To Agriculture and Rural Issues

The Republican candidates for Iowa's Fourth Congressional District took the stage in a Rural and Renewable Fuels Issue Forum on Thursday.

The two candidates for the District - U.S. Representative Randy Feenstra and Kevin Virgil - answered questions focused on the industry and rural issues. Topics covered in the questions include:

  • Approaches to address legal immigration to help workforce availability
  • The role and authority of U.S. EPA in pesticide labeling
  • How to enforce trade agreements for corn exports to Mexico
  • Rural housing and broadband issues

This was the only time the candidates will appear together prior to the June primary. Thank you to the AAI members who were able to take time to attend and hear the candidates.

If you would like to view the candidate forum, a video is available at the link below:

Candidate Forum Recording from KTIV

The forum was sponsored by the Agribusiness Association of Iowa, Iowa Biodiesel Board, and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.


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Register For The AAI Golf Outings


With Four Opportunities, This Decision Is A Gimmee

There's nothing quite like a day on the golf course, especially with your agribusiness colleagues. Be a part of the industry's best summer events as you tee it up with your favorite foursome or entertain some special clients.

Golfer Benefits

  • Four Hole In One opportunities on every course! Win cash or prizes!
  • Complimentary soft drinks and snacks on the course
  • Delicious lunch
  • Entry into prize raffle
  • Prizes for the longest and closest shots
  • Trophy and prizes for the winning team

July 25 - AAI Tournament

Emerald Hills Golf Course - Okoboji


August 15 - AAI Tournament

Amana Colonies Golf Course - Amana


August 22 - AAI Tournament

Coldwater Golf Links - Ames


September 11 - AAI Chairman's Foundation Tournament

The Preserve on Rathbun Lake - Moravia

Thank You Sponsors!



July 16 & 17

CNH Industrial Ag Information Center

Nevada, Iowa

Registration Opens In June



August 5-9

ISU Kent Feed Mill and Grain Science Complex

Ames, Iowa

Registration Opens On June 1, 2024


August 13 | 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

ISU Extension Field Education Lab (FEEL)

1928 240th St, Boone, Iowa (West of Ames off HWY 30)

Click Here to Register!


August 20 & 21 | 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Cherokee, Iowa

Registration Opens In June

Thank You For Your Membership!

As a member of AAI, you are the driving force of the organization Where Agribusiness Matters. Thank you for your membership and your commitment to the success of agribusiness in Iowa.


The following companies have recently joined or renewed their membership for the 2024 Membership Year.


  • Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC
  • Vurge
  • Peterson's Dust Solutions


Not currently a member? Click Here to send us an email so we can follow up with your company and help you get connected to AAI.


June 4

Iowa Ag Aviation Association Analysis Fly-In

AAI Members Invited To Attend (Rain Date June 5)

Newton Municipal Airport

June 11

AAI Legislative Committee Meeting

10:00 AM | Northey Building Board Room

June 13

AAI Membership Committee Meeting

1:00 PM | Northey Building Board Room

June 25

AAI Animal Industry Committee Meeting

Iowa State University Kent Feed Mill & Grain Science Complex

June 27

AAI Board of Directors Meeting

10:00 AM | Northey Building Board Room

July 25

AAI Golf Outing - Okoboji

Emerald Hills Golf Club

August 15

AAI Golf Outing - Amana

Amana Colonies Golf Club

August 22

AAI Golf Outing - Ames

Coldwater Golf Links

September 11

AAI Foundation Golf Outing - Moravia


The Preserve On Rathbun Lake


Tornados, Weather Damage, Illness, Injury - Help Is Available For Your Customers

Farm Rescue is currently accepting applications from families needing planting and hay baling assistance. If you know a family who suffered an illness, injury, or natural disaster and who could use some assistance getting their field work done, please refer them at

Farm Rescue will promptly respond to all referrals and the referring party can remain anonymous if desired. Even if neighbors are pitching in, Farm Rescue is ready and able to ease burden in the community by doing our part to help farm families through a time of need.

These services are provided free to the family in need. Visit the website for more information:


What is going on with Iowa corn?

Source: Successful Farming

Despite nearly 30 tornadoes, a derecho, and portions of the state reporting at least 350% of normal rainfall, corn planting and emergence continued across Iowa, said USDA in the latest Crop Progress report published May 28.

Despite just 2.3 days suitable for fieldwork in the seven-day period ending May 26, Iowa corn farmers planted 10% of this year’s corn crop. USDA says 88% of the 2024 corn crop is in the ground. That’s behind both the five-year average of 92% and last year at this time when 97% of Iowa corn had been planted.

The state reached an important benchmark as more than half the corn crop has emerged. USDA says 66% of Iowa corn had emerged the week ending May 26. That’s up from 47% the week prior. However, that’s behind the five-year average of 70% and last year at this time when 79% of Iowa corn had emerged.

The latest USDA Crop Progress report rated Iowa corn 1% very poor, 4% poor, 22% fair, 54% good, and 19% excellent. This is the first week of the season corn condition ratings were published.

Multiple rounds of thunderstorms brought torrential rainfall, damaging winds, hail, and destructive tornadoes to the state on May 20 and 21.

The statewide storm system included an EF4 tornado with peak wind speeds of 175 mph to 185 mph. Over its 44-mile path, the twister destroyed countless homes and businesses, injured 35 people, and killed five.

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Additional Reading: IDALS Crop and Climate Report

Raw milk containing H5N1 can infect mice

Source: Feedstuffs

Consuming raw cow’s milk that contains H5N1 avian influenza virus poses an infection risk, but a laboratory process that simulates high-temperature pasteurization reduces the virus in infected milk by more than 99.99%. That’s according to a team led by University of Wisconsin–Madison scientists, who reported their findings May 24 in a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The group, which also included researchers from Texas A&M University, found that mice that consumed untreated milk infected with H5N1 subsequently became ill with influenza and that small amounts of virus persist in untreated milk for weeks when kept at standard refrigeration temperatures. The research took place as the H5N1 avian influenza virus continued its spread from birds into mammals, with infections reported in dairy herds across the United States this spring.

Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a professor in the UW–Madison Department of Pathobiological Sciences, and Keith Poulsen, director of the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, led the work. The researchers tested two methods of heat inactivation on four H5N1-positive milk samples taken from infected cows in New Mexico and Kansas. Both methods were intended to simulate common pasteurization techniques, though the equipment and exact processes the researchers used differed from standard industry practices.

In the first, they heated infected raw milk to 145.4 F for a minimum of five minutes and up to 30 minutes. This method reduced the virus levels more than 99.999%.

The second method involved heating raw milk to 161.6 F for up to 30 seconds. This method inactivated more than 99.99% of the virus within the samples, though it did not completely inactivate the virus.

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NGFA urges action to avert Canadian rail strike

Source: AgDaily

Warning of the potential harm to agriculture and food systems, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) urged the Canadian Industrial Relations Board to take action to head off a railroad strike or lockout in comments submitted to the board May 21.

As negotiations between the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and the Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) railroads continue, the board has requested comments regarding the impacts of lost rail service on the movements of food throughout Canada. 

The union, which represents thousands of Canadian railway employees, voted on May 1 to authorize a strike as early as May 22. Contracts covering locomotive engineers, conductors and yard workers at CN and CPKC expired on Dec. 31, 2023, and the union is renegotiating a third agreement covering CPKC rail traffic controllers.

Shutdowns or slowdowns of rail-dependent facilities would result “in harmful consequences for Canada’s agricultural producers and industry as well as domestic and global food security,” the NGFA said. 

The NGFA represents grain, feed, processing, exporting and other grain-related companies that operate facilities handling US grains and oilseeds. The NGFA noted that many of its member companies rely on rail services that transit to and via Canada. A strike or lockout “would lead to ripple effects across the entire industry.”

For example, the livestock industry depends on rail to deliver corn and other feed grains, and biofuels operations, flour mills and agricultural export facilities require uninterrupted rail service. 

[...] Read Full Story

GPT's inaccuracies in agriculture could lead to crop losses and food crises



Dr. Asaf Tzachor, Founder of the Aviram Sustainability and Climate Program at Reichman University, along with researchers from the US, UK, Kenya, Nigeria, and Colombia, scrutinized the reliability of the information and professional advice provided by the popular chatbot ChatGPT (versions 3.5 and 4.0) to farmers in Africa. The researchers identified inaccuracies that could lead to agricultural missteps and crop losses.

In their article for Nature Food, they caution against the unmediated use of generative AI models in agriculture, fearing that farmers might implement flawed recommendations that could trigger food crises. Instead, the researchers recommend a more optimal development process for AI models in agriculture that includes thorough monitoring and testing before these models are widely implemented.

Shortly after the launch of ChatGPT in early 2023, Dr. Tzachor convened an international team of researchers from agricultural research centers in Nigeria, Kenya, Colombia, France, England, and the United States. They observed that farmers in developing countries had started consulting the artificial intelligence model for professional advice on agronomy and botany.

These farmers, hailing from small to medium-sized farms across equatorial Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America, have access to the Internet and the OpenAI user interface. The research team sought to assess whether the innovative chatbot could supplant, or even substitute agricultural extension agents who train and consult farmers.

[...] Read Full Story

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