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Written by Laurie Johns   
Monday, 14 May 2012 13:17

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – May 10, 2012 – Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), the largest grassroots farm organization in the state, applauds Iowa lawmakers for measures passed this year which protect property owners, increase conservation funding and protect responsible Iowa livestock farmers from fraud.

Several measures passed in this legislative session that impact property taxes paid by landowners and homeowners.  IFBF applauds two legislative issues that directly impact property owners including a combined $27 million increase to the homestead property tax credit and ag land and family farm property tax credit, providing for direct property tax relief,”  said IFBF President Craig Hill, a Milo crop and livestock farmer.  Additionally, the legislature reinstated the statewide dollar cap to ensure that property tax contributions to the mental health system remain limited and controlled.  “These efforts, along with fully funding the legislature’s K-12 education commitments, provide protections for property taxpayers and assure limited and controlled use of property tax dollars for these services.”

While IFBF had several priority issues win bi-partisan approval in the 2012 legislative session, members are particularly pleased to see increased conservation and water quality cost-share funding for programs which are currently experiencing a backlog of unfunded projects.  “Farm Bureau members are pleased that lawmakers decided to increase state funding for incentive-based, voluntary conservation and water quality programs, including the Ag Drainage Well Closure program.  Farmers know a ‘one size fits all’ approach doesn’t work when it comes to conservation measures, but they do know what works best on their land.  Conservation measures such as buffer strips, terracing and other soil-protection and water quality measures have helped Iowa farmers reduce erosion by more than 30 percent since 1982, but requests for cost-share dollars to implement them have been grossly underfunded,” said Hill.   The increase in the Ag Drainage Well Closure program and Conservation Cost-Share program will translate into enhanced water quality and soil conservation in Iowa.

Another high priority issue for Iowa family farmers which won passage in the 2012 legislature was the Agriculture Protection Bill.  The bi-partisan House File (HF) 589 creates penalties for those who fraudulently gain access to a farm with the intent to cause harm.   “It’s about misrepresentation of character,” said Hill.  “Good farmers don’t want to think that someone is sitting on the sidelines, watching bad things happen, just because they have some covert motive.”   HF 589 creates new penalties for those who make false statements to gain access to a farm, or misrepresent themselves on an employment application to hide their intended misconduct or purpose.   It also penalizes organizations or persons who aid or abet someone who misrepresented facts to gain access to a crop or livestock farm.

Farm Bureau members will continue to work towards improving Iowa’s infrastructure, an area which was not addressed by this year’s legislature.  “Many of Iowa’s roads and bridges are in need of significant structural improvements, and we continue to fall further behind every year.  Clearly, this problem will not go away without additional funding; that’s why Farm Bureau members have identified a fuel tax increase as the most equitable, feasible funding method,” said Hill.


About Iowa Farm Bureau

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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Monday, 14 May 2012 13:14

Farmers Eye Growing U.S. Soy’s Third-Largest Export Market PDF Print E-mail
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Written by United Soybean Board   
Monday, 14 May 2012 12:56
Checkoff helps mark 50th anniversary of Japan’s oilseed industry

ST. LOUIS (May 10, 2012) – More than 75 million bushels of whole U.S. soybeans made their way to Japan last year, thanks to strong demand for quality soy. Next week, a delegation of U.S. soybean farmers representing the United Soybean Board (USB), the American Soybean Association (ASA) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) plan to honor the 50th anniversary of the Japan Oilseed Processors Association (JOPA). The organization has worked with U.S. soybean farmers to meet demand for U.S. soy in Japan.

Today’s strong trade relations with Japan started in 1956, when a team of representatives of the Japanese soy industry visited the United States. Ever since, JOPA, which represents 20 Japanese oilseed processors, has been a key ally for the U.S. soy industry. Today, nearly 70 percent of Japanese soybean imports originate from the United States.

“Japan has grown to be one of our most valued customers,” says Vanessa Kummer, USB chair and a soybean farmer from Colfax, N.D. “Because customers in Japan serve as one of our largest markets abroad, soy ranks as the top U.S. agricultural export and makes a large net contribution to the U.S. agricultural trade balance. The soy checkoff, along with my fellow farmers representing ASA and USSEC, mark this very symbolic milestone with our Japanese customers and remain committed to meeting their soy needs.”

“Japan’s oilseed processing sector has long been a trusted partner for American soybean farmers,” says ASA First Vice President Danny Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Miss. “The American Soybean Association opened its first overseas international market development office in Japan in 1956, and U.S. soy exports to Japan have grown to more than $1 billion annually today. We are honored to join our Japanese counterparts and colleagues in celebrating the accomplishments of the Japanese Oilseed Processors Association as it celebrates its 50th anniversary, and we look forward to continuing the Japanese-American partnership.”

“Our partnership with the Japanese crushing industry, which is the third largest buyer of U.S. soybeans, is stronger than ever,” says Roy Bardole, USSEC chairman and soybean farmer from Rippey, Iowa. “U.S. soy farmers take the relationship with JOPA very seriously. We are committed to do what we can to ensure another 50 successful years as their partner.”

Prior to formal recognition marking JOPA’s anniversary, the U.S. group plans to visit a soy processing plant and feed mill at a major port near Tokyo.

The 69 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy’s customers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff.

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Young Veteran Farmer goes to Washington PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elisha Smith   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:36

Lyons, NE -  Justin Doerr, a beginning farmer and military veteran from Plainview, NE, will travel to Washington D.C. on Thursday, May 10, to participate and testify at the House Ag Committee Hearing on the Farm Bill Credit Title.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to testify about the value of federal credit, training and land access programs that are absolutely crucial in helping beginning farmers get started in agriculture,” said Doerr.

Doerr, who recently finished planting, commented further on the importance of his testimony,“I believe these credit programs and other efforts targeted specifically at new farmers, are very important investments the farm bill can make in ensuring that young farmers like myself have the tools and resources we need to successfully contribute to our local farm economies, spur rural economic development, preserve our natural resource base, and do our part in ensuring our nation’s food security.”

When:  May 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. (EDT)

Who:  Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight and Credit - U.S. House of

Representatives Committee on Agriculture

What:  Subcommittee Hearing on Formulations of the 2012 Farm Bill Credit Programs

Where:  1300 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC

Contact the Center for Rural Affairs to schedule an interview or reach Justin Doerr directly at:

Justin D. Doerr


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Doerr grew up on a small farm in Northeast Nebraska where his family raised hogs, cattle, and some hay. After high school he joined the Army. During this time, things got tough on the farm so Justin’s father sold the livestock and rented out the farm ground.  When Justin got back from overseas he wanted to move home and farm. “What I found later was I had the desire to farm but did not have the means, as I lacked the capital and resources to begin farming after the folks sold their operation,” commented Doerr.

“We face a lot of barriers as beginning farmers as far as access to land and credit and barriers in crop insurance,” said Doerr. “As a beginning farmer one way of getting a start is through niche markets and raising non-conventional crops, but it’s hard to gain access to crop insurance for that... that problem should be addressed.”



News Releases - Agribusiness
Written by Erin Hamm   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:53
Japan plays a critical role in making the United States the leading soy exporter in the world. A delegation of U.S. soybean farmers will travel there to show their appreciation.

Representatives of the United Soybean Board (USB), the American Soybean Association (ASA) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) will honor the 50th anniversary of the Japan Oilseed Processors Association (JOPA). 

The organization, which represents 20 Japanese processors, continues to be an important ally for the U.S. soy industry. Last year, soy users in Japan represented the third-largest market for U.S. soy, importing more than 75 million bushels of whole soybeans. The U.S. group will visit the Showa Sangyo Crushing Plant and Grain Terminal, as well as the Higashi Nihon Feed Mill. Both are located at Kashima Port near Tokyo. 


Vanessa Kummer, USB chair, North Dakota soybean farmer

Sharon Covert, USB International Marketing chair, USSEC board member, Illinois soybean farmer

Danny Murphy, ASA vice president, Mississippi soybean farmer

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