The Agribusiness Association of Iowa (AAI) has a long history of representing the women and men of agribusiness. Each year, AAI is at work in Des Moines and nationally - protecting the best interest of the industry. Your membership gives you access to resources that help strengthen your business and stay on top of the latest regulations and ahead of potential needs.
Iowa Agribusiness Environmental Partnership
This partnership was created to build sustainable environmental stewardship by leveraging science and technologies upon existing and future plans, programs, processes, and procedures. This program comes from agribusiness leaders just like you. Members of the AAI Agronomy Committee created the partnership and the AAI Board of Directors has shown their support by approving the IAEP guiding principles and implementation. Partners in the program provide growers and the general public a clear understanding of the agribusiness sector’s shared environmental values and commitments, leadership in assisting farmers and landowners to advance environmental stewardship, and progress toward meeting environmental goals.
Agribusiness Association of Iowa Foundation Scholarship Programs
The AAI Foundation awards over $16,000 in scholarships to community college ag students and to the Iowa State University ag programs. The AAI Foundation promotes research projects, member education, stewardship and scholarships that benefit AAI members and their families. The charitable goals of the Foundation reflect the interests of the agribusiness industry and benefit AAI members by promoting research projects, member education, stewardship and higher education scholarships. Within these three areas, the Foundation assists applicants as it is related to the benefit of the agribusiness industry.
Launch of the New Iowa Sensitive Crop Registry
Iowa has had a sensitive site register for almost a decade that has been run by IDALS, but then Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey said this is a step up and will be a "benefit to Iowa". The Agribusiness Association of Iowa (AAI) Foundation presented $25,000 in financial support to assist Iowa in the implementation of FieldWatch, a voluntary online sensitive (specialty) crop and apiary registry program. This improves communication and cooperation among the various agricultural producers to help mitigate potential issues.
Mark Pearson Leadership Scholarship Fund Support
The AAI Foundation along with a dozen other organizations and individuals provided the initial donations to start the Mark Pearson FFA Leadership Scholarship.
FFA Chapter Presidents in Iowa who will be attending DMACC are eligible to receive the funds which would pay for their first two years of school. Recipients can choose any of DMACC’s 160+ majors and attend any of the DMACC campuses in Iowa.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad announced this new statewide scholarship for Iowa FFA Presidents on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at the capitol building in the Governor’s formal office. The first two recipients accepted into this new scholarship program were also part of the announcement.
Regional Education and Seminars by the Association
Dicamba Training in Iowa
Any individual who wishes to apply a pesticide containing dicamba must be certified to handle restricted use pesticides and must fulfill an additional training requirement for dicamba. The association has worked tirelessly with the Iowa Dept of Ag and Land Stewardship (IDALS) to bring online and in-person training options to Iowa applicators. All events have been approved by the state of Iowa and fulfill the dicamba training requirement for those who hold a certified applicator's license.
4R Summitt Support
Advanced Grain Elevator Operation Management Short Course
The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach brought agribusiness the grain elevator operations management course for AAI members and Iowans. As a sponsor of the event, AAI was happy to partner and offer a week-long course in advanced grain elevator operations management.