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Government, agribusiness and farmers gathered Wednesday at the Farm Progress Show (FPS) to have a free and open exchange of information about water quality in the state of Iowa and across the nation.

Keynoting the event was Karl Brooks, Environment Protection Agency Region 7 administrator, along with presenters and panelists.

Brooks said the FPS was the perfect place to be talking about water quality, agricultural innovation and cutting nutrient pollution because the FPS is America’s largest gathering of people engaged with the cutting edge of American agriculture.

Brooks told the crowd of 30 people that the same tools and dedication used to feed the world should also be used to address water quality. He said Iowa has been a national leader in dealing with nutrient issues.

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U.S. grain shippers are welcoming the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s collective bargaining agreement with Pacific Northwest grain handlers, but they are still concerned about poor rail serve that is hampering their ability to get exports to Asia.

The ratification of a new four-year agreement between the ILWU and three large grain exporters — Louis Dreyfus Commodities, United Grain Corp. and Columbia Grain — will enhance the predictability of grain shipments, Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, said in an email on Wednesday. With fierce competition from South American producers, U.S. farmers’ ability to deliver on their export commitments is increasingly important, he said. The agreement, which was announced on Aug. 12 but wasn’t ratified by the union until this week, is expected to bring a close to a fierce, two-year battle between both sides and allow the ILWU to focus on negotiations with U.S. West Coast waterfront employers.

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Before the first pigskin is thrown, an Iowa soybean farmer is helping Johnson County residents understand how hogs are raised.

Tom Wall of Iowa City is hosting an open house at his newly-constructed hog barn on his farm just outside of the city on Friday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be served around 11:30 with a program taking place at noon. To RSVP, contact Haylee Henke at hhenke@iasoybeans.com or call 815-751-5868 by Sept. 8.

The event is sponsored by the Iowa Soybean Association, the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers and Integrity Builders & Supply Inc.

“We’re proud to work with Tom on this event which is designed to offer Iowa City-area and Johnson County residents the opportunity to visit a hog facility and gain a better understanding of the whole process, from the farmer who will care for the livestock to the structure’s builder to how soybeans provide feed,” said Henke.
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A clash of titans Tuesday ended up with one commodity group standing tall at the Farm Progress Show (FPS) near Boone.

Corn outdueled soybeans in the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Farmer Feud: Corn vs. Soy. The educational game in the Conservation Central tent, which focused on conservation practices used by farmers, mimicked the hit TV show “Family Feud” with numerous teams competing throughout the three-day event.

The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) family included: “No-Till” Tom Oswald, president elect; Roger “Water Quality” Wolf, director of Environmental Programs & Services (EPS); Todd “Take No Prisoners” Sutphin, EPS operations manager; Keegan “Weed Killer” Kult, EPS environmental projects manager and Mark “Action” Jackson, past president.

The Iowa Corn Growers Association team was a combination of farmers and staff members.

Like “Family Feud,” teams were asked a series of questions and teams fought to provide the most popular answers first. One hundred farmers were surveyed to provide the top answers. Each had a corresponding point value depending on how many farmers chose it.

Corn came out on top, 278 to 121.

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The ADM/Unilever Soybean Sustainability Program continues to gain momentum, buoyed by efforts of a national farm broadcaster and Iowa’s top agriculture leader at the Farm Progress show near Boone.

Max Armstrong, co-host of “This Week in Agribusiness” TV show and “The Morning Show” on WGN Radio 720, interviewed Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, among others, on Tuesday in the ADM tent. Conservation and sustainability efforts of Iowa soybean farmers were hot topics.

ADM procuring sustainably-raised soybeans from Iowa for Unilever was of particular interest. ADM processes soybeans at its Des Moines plant and sells the oil to Unilever, which uses it to make Hellmann’s Mayonnaise.

“It’s a great effort between ADM and Unilever to tell the public what farmers are doing,” Armstrong said.

“We’re trying to improve water quality and we have the tools to do it,” Northey added. “This takes soybeans from the fields to grocery store shelves.”

The ADM/Unilever Soybean Sustainability Program --- a cooperative effort with Field to Market and the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) --- is in its second year. They document responsible farming practices already being used, such as precision agriculture, no-till, grass waterways and other conservation practices. Continue reading here: http://www.iasoybeans.com/egldstnd/article.php?newsletter_id=301&article_id=2868&_cldee=am11cnBoeUBpYXNveWJlYW5zLmNvbQ%3d%3d&urlid=5
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Are you going to visit the Farm Progress Show next week? Make sure you stop at booth 754.
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NDSU extension and research staff, faculty and students hosted their annual Soil Health & Land Management field day on August 21 at the Bragg Bonanza Farm near Mooreton. More than 100 farmers, academics and industry folds learned about water drainage management and soil health management, especially focused on the region's saline and high salt soils.

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Are you going to visit the Farm Progress Show next week? Make sure you stop at booth 754.
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If any doubt lingered as to where Iowans stand on growing the renewable fuels market, new research shows they overwhelmingly support it. In fact, 77 percent of registered voters surveyed said they support expanding the federal Renewable Fuel Standard to increase biodiesel in the fuel supply.

Almost as many also said a Congressional candidate’s support for the RFS was an important factor in their voting decisions.

The Iowa Biodiesel Board commissioned the questions as part of its annual public opinion research. A professional public opinion research firm, Moore Information, conducted the online survey of 517 registered voters. It took place the week of Aug. 11.

The study shows Iowans have a positive opinion about biodiesel in general. Additionally, after a series of questions on biodiesel, they were highly supportive of expanding the RFS.

The 77 percent figure came in response to the question, “Do you support or oppose expanding the national Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires blending some renewable fuels into the nation's fuel supply, to increase biodiesel use in the United States?”

What’s more, 69 percent said a Congressional candidate’s position on the RFS was “very” or “somewhat” important. There are four U.S. House seats and one U.S. Senate seat up for election in Iowa. Biodiesel advocates have asked for Congress’s help in speaking up for biodiesel. A pending Environmental Protection Agency decision would slash the RFS biodiesel target far below last year’s production of nearly 1.8 billion gallons.

“Many of our biodiesel businesses have the pressure of an uncertain market weighing heavily on them right now,” said Grant Kimberley, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board. “It is uplifting to know that Iowans are with us. They are behind strong federal policy to buoy this young industry in the torrents of the oil industry’s opposition.”

Kimberley called the RFS highly effective energy policy, accomplishing exactly what Congress intended. It has created jobs, reduced emissions and built domestic sources of energy.

Biodiesel is made from a variety of resources including soybean oil, recycled cooking oil and animal fats. It is the first EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide.

The Iowa Biodiesel Board is a state trade association representing the biodiesel industry.
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Soyflour could be just the ingredient needed to battle diabetes in Mexico: http://www.iasoybeans.com/TheBeanBlog/?p=1168
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