February 11-12, 2020

2018 Conference Becomes Stage For Important Discussions


Local Conference Discusses Dicamba Training and Glyphosate in February

Des Moines, IA – The 2018 Agribusiness Showcase & Conference has brought together Iowa’s leading pesticide and weed management researchers and educators to discuss dicamba issues, pesticide applicator training in Iowa, current California’s Glyphosate Lawsuit and more.

Other topics being covered during the conference include a launch of the 4R Plus Program, the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, and the annual Water Quality Initiative Awards by the Iowa Department of Agriculture. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will give remarks at 12:30 PM on February 14 to a lunch crowd and Iowa Lt. Governor will give remarks at 2:00 PM on February 13 at the Agribusiness Association of Iowa annual meeting.

What:                   2018 Agribusiness Showcase & Conference

When:                 February 13, 2018 – 8 AM – 7 PM & February 14, 2018 – 8 AM – 3 PM

Where:                Iowa State Fairgrounds, Varied Industries Building, Des Moines, IA



For more information, contact the Agribusiness Association of Iowa Communications Department at 515-262-8323 or tteske@agribiz.org


4R Plus Program Launch

On February 13, during the 2018 ASC lunch, the new, 4R Plus – Nutrient Management and Conservation Practices – program for Iowa will be launched. 4R Plus is a communications campaign developed by a consortium of agribusinesses, conservation organizations, commodity and trade associations, government agencies and academic institutions who have a common goal of improving Iowa’s soil health and water quality. The program, aimed at Iowa farmers and crop advisers, is intended to increase the awareness and understanding of nutrient stewardship and conservation practices that bolster production, help retain soil and nutrients, build soil health and improve water quality. A press release will be issued that morning and representatives of 4R Plus will be available for interviews throughout the day. If interested, we invite you to contact Janine Stewart – jstewart@morganmyers.com – or call 319-233-0502 to set up an interview or join us at the lunch to learn more about the program. We welcome your questions and look forward to seeing you on February 13.

February 13 – 12:25 PM – Official Launch with interview opportunities

February 14 – 1:30 PM – Discussion and background information on program by Greg Wandrey, Program Director, The Nature Conservancy during Conservation College

Water Quality Initiative Awards

The Water Quality Initiative Awards are presented by the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture to two agribusiness companies and two crop advisers annually. The selections will be companies or individuals that have made an impact on water quality efforts in 2017.

February 13 – 12:20 PM – Crop adviser awards during the Iowa Crop Adviser Luncheon

February 14 – 8:00 AM – Agribusiness company awards at the showcase pancake breakfast


Dicamba Discussions & Training

The past growing season presented a lot of buzz around the new formulations of dicamba. Concerns about the pesticide prompted the Environmental Protection Agency to revisit the classification of the herbicide for the 2018 growing season.

February 13 – 12:30 PM – Dicamba Panel Discussion moderated by Dr. Kristine Scheafer, ISU (Download Flyer)

The EPA has listed Engenia, Fexipan, and Xtendimax herbicides as restricted use pesticides for 2018. In addition to the restricted use designation, the EPA requires dicamba (also known as Auxin) specific training for Certified Pesticide Applicators.

February 14 -10:00 AM – Certified Pesticide Applicator Dicamba Training presented by Monsanto

February 14 -3:00 PM – Certified Pesticide Applicator Dicamba Training presented by BASF Corporation


Special Session: Glyphosate Lawsuit – California’s Prop 65

The State of California is requiring a label to be affixed to glyphosate products stating that the chemical causes cancer. The European Union, the US EPA, Canada, and regulatory bodies for most other nations continue to regard glyphosate as a not causing cancer.

In the fall of 2017, the National Association of Wheat Growers, along with a coalition of agricultural and business groups that includes the Agribusiness Association of Iowa, filed suit against the state of California. The suit alleges the state of California is violating the First Amendment, which protects individuals and businesses from compelled false speech. As a result, farmers, manufacturers and distributors of products that are legally permitted under strictly enforced federal regulations, would have to place a warning label on those products they know to be false.

February 13 – 3:00 PM – Lawsuit update by Catherine Hanaway, Partner, Husch Blackwell


2018 Agribusiness Career Day

The 2018 Agribusiness Career Day will feature a ‘global’ panel discussion that focuses on Iowa. Agribusiness Report Anchor David Geiger will be moderating a panel discussing what Iowa means to a global ag. Panelists include Harry H. Stine, Stine Seed, Rosalind Fox, Plant Manager at John Deere Des Moines Works, Tara Howell, Kent Nutrition Group, and Charles Boateng, Agronomy Manager at Monsanto. Harry H. Stine, a proud farmer and businessman, joins the panel discussion to give insight on how an Iowa seed business, among others, can make a difference on a global scale.

This event was created by the Agribusiness Association of Iowa Foundation with ag community college students in mind. After the panelist discussion, the foundation will award up to $15,000 in scholarships to Iowa Community College students that are pursuing an ag degree in the spring of 2018. Keynote speaker at the event is Chad Pregracke from Living Lands & Waters; a nonprofit river cleanup organization. Named “America’s Hardest Working Person” by Mitchum, Chad’s enthusiasm, sense of humor and passion amplifies his message – inspiring people to believe they can make a difference.

                February 14 – 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM – Agribusiness Career Day