Farm and Nutrition Bill Clears the Senate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 09:43

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Senator Chuck Grassley released the following statement after the Senate passed the Agricultural Act of 2014 by a vote of 68-32.  Grassley voted against the measure.

“I’m extremely disappointed that my provisions to place a hard cap on farm payments and better define who can receive those payments were stripped down to such a great extent that they likely won’t have much effect.  Unfortunately, a few members of the House and Senate placed parochial interests above the broader good for the agricultural community.

“Currently 10 percent of the wealthiest farmers receive 70 percent of the benefit from the farm program.  This puts small- and medium-sized farms and young and beginning farmers at a disadvantage.  These are the very people the farm program is supposed to help.  The committee leaders negotiating the final bill struck my simple, common-sense and enforceable provisions from the final bill.

“As a farmer myself, I understand how a five-year farm bill helps with long-term planning, and there are some good things in the bill.  But, I can’t turn a blind eye to a select few members dismantling a provision that was passed by wide, bipartisan majorities in both the House and the Senate.”

Loebsack Praises Senate Passage of Farm Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 15:12

Bill now heads to the President for his signature

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the Senate passed the five-year, bipartisan farm bill sending it to the President for his signature. Loebsack has been fighting for over two years to get a long term, comprehensive farm bill passed and sent to the President in order to give Iowa farmers and rural communities the stability they need. Loebsack led the fight to ensure the bill would include robust funding for the Energy Title, which gives farmers and rural small businesses the ability to continue to create jobs and grow the rural economy in a value-added and sustainable way.

“I am pleased that the farmers and rural communities across Iowa and the nation will finally be able to have the stability they need to make decisions and investments that create jobs with confidence. This long-term bill will finally put an end to the year-to-year uncertainty. I am optimistic that the President will swiftly sign this bipartisan legislation into law.”


USB Helps Commercialize 38 New Soy-Based Products PDF Print E-mail
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Written by United Soybean Board   
Monday, 03 February 2014 13:16
Farmer-funded projects drive innovations in soy chemistry, keep industrial demand on rise

ST. LOUIS (February 3, 2014) – Various performance and environmental attributes have made U.S. soy increasingly popular among product manufacturers, which has helped boost industrial demand for soy. That’s why last year, the soy checkoff  partnered with manufacturers to commercialize 38 new soy-based products and ingredients.

The list of products developed with soy checkoff support in 2013 includes new additions to some popular soy-based product categories, such as coatings, adhesives and plastics. It also includes soy-based ingredients that could be used in countless new products.

Dale Profit, a soy checkoff farmer-leader and soybean farmer from Van Wert, Ohio, recognizes the value-added prospects of industrial soy use.

“USB is helping discover other products that can be made from soy to add to farmers’ bottom lines,” says Profit. “These products are good for the farmer, the customer and all the people in between.”

Soybean meal’s primary use remains animal feed, while most soybean oil goes to human food, Profit adds. But versatile soy can also help manufacturers replace petrochemicals and possible carcinogens in their products. Soy-based products are more renewable and environmentally friendly and in some cases, perform better.

Click here to browse USB’s Soy Products Guide, an online catalog of the thousands of currently available soy-based products, ingredients and manufacturers.

New soy-based products and ingredients introduced in 2013 as a result of USB support include:


MASEO (Maleinated Acrylated Epoxidized Soybean Oil) – A soybean-oil-based resin used to make plastic. It is made by Dixie Chemical Company, Inc.
Innergy™ Rigid Thermal Reinforcements – A fiberglass and soy-based urethane
insert that slides into window frames for greater support and insulation. It is marketed by Deceuninck North America.
INFIGREEN® Recycled Polyols – Produced by Emery Oleochemicals, and are used in foam seats of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango.


SoBind™ Balance – By DuPont™ is used in coatings and adhesives.
Varathane Diamond Floor – A wood-floor coating containing soy flour. It is made by Rust-Oleum®.
G.E.T. Biobased Safety Yellow – A zero-volatile-organic-compound (VOC) coating that contains soybean oil, biodiesel glycerin and soy methyl ester. It is made by Niemann & Associates.
ProClassic® – A multipurpose water-based soy acrylic alkyd primer, satin deck and siding product line made by Sherwin-Williams.
Pro-Park® – A soy- based parking-lot paint by Sherwin-Williams.


Meta-Tec® Products – Soy-based adhesive products for floor-covering installations, including carpet, resilient flooring and wood adhesives. They are made by W.F. Taylor Company.
PSA64MA – A soy-based material by Applied Protein Systems that is used in adhesives on paper cones where yarn and thread are wound.
Millenium One Step™ Green Insulation Adhesive – A soy-based, all-weather adhesive by ADCO used to install flooring.
Elemental – A soy-based wood-composite adhesive that is formaldehyde-free. It is available from States Industries.


PSA35MA – A soy-based material used to coat paperboard. It is made by Applied Protein Systems.   
SUNKOTE® AU 4203 and 4240 – Soy-based products that are used as lubricants for paper and paperboard coatings. They are made by Omnova Solutions.


Armeen® S – A corrosion inhibitor for oilfields that is made by Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry, LLC.
Ethomeen® S/12 – A cleansing surfactant for oilfields and dry cleaning that is made by Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry, LLC.
Arquad® SV 60 PG – A foaming, antistatic, emulsifier, wetting agent used in laundry products from Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry.
Larostat® 264A – An antistatic material that holds textile products together. It is made by BASF Corp.
Agnique® SBO 10 – A soybean oil used in agricultural products, manufactured by BASF Corp.
Comperlan® VOD – A thickener for personal-care products from BASF Corp.
Prifac™ 8953 – An emulsifying agent for household products. It is made by Croda, Inc.
HY-3200 Emulsiyfing Soy Wax – By Dow Corning Corp, a material that allows ingredients in personal-care products to smoothly blend together.
SERADOX NAD 20 – By Elementis Specialties, is an antistatic material for softening and smoothly blending personal-care products.  
LAMCHEM™ PE-130 K – Improves the taste of food products and also serves as a pressure lubricant on metals. It is made by Lambent Technologies Corp.
Lipovol® SOY – Adds a soft, smooth skin-feel to personal care products. It is made by Lipo Chemicals, Inc.
Chemonic™ SI-7Surfacant – Builds the thickness of personal-care products and stabilizes foam. It is made by Lubrizol Corp.
Schercomid™ SLL – Thickens personal care products. It is made by Lubrizol Corp.
Schercoquat™ SOAS-PG – A hair conditioner for personal care products made by Lubrizol Corp.
Quatrex™ S Conditioning Agent – A conditioning agent for personal-care products,
made by Lubrizol Corp.
Amidex™ S Surfactant – Helps create personal-care products that foam and feel like soap. It is made by Lubrizol Corp.
Chembetaine™ S-FA Surfactant – Adds special properties for personal-care products. It is manufactured and marketed by Lubrizol Corp.
Chemoxide™ SO Surfactant – Offsets hard water in household/personal-care products. It is made byLubrizol Corp.
Potassium Soyate – A soy soap with glycerin as a moisturizer, made by Lubrizol Corp.
ACCOSOFT® 750 – Used as a fabric softener for laundry products. It is made by Stepan Company.
PETROSTEP® Q-50S – A unique ingredient used in oilfields as a down-hole corrosion inhibitor. It is made by Stepan Company.


SoBind™ HARMONY, Impression and CLARITY – Soy polymers that replace harsh synthetic and animal-based ingredients in a variety of products to make the products thicker, smoother and more colorful. They are made by DuPont™.

The 70 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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The Agricultural Act of 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Friday, 31 January 2014 15:06

This week negotiations on the farm bill came to a close.  After two years, the House of Representatives passed the bill on Wednesday by a vote of 251 to 166.  When the bill comes up for a vote in the Senate, I will be voting against it.

The country needs good farm policy that provides a limited safety net to ensure small and medium sized farms have the resources to weather the uncontrollable risks they face every year.  The farm program must also be defensible to the American taxpayer.  As a farmer, a citizen and a legislator, I believe it is wrong to expect or allow the government to give unlimited support to any farm.  The $17 trillion debt is real, and we need to treat it as such.

The individual Senate- and House- passed farm and nutrition bills included nearly identical provisions that I championed that would have placed a hard cap on farm payments and accurately define a farmer.  My efforts stem from a need to get the farm program back to its original intent.  Currently 10 percent of the wealthiest farmers receive 70 percent of the benefit from the farm program.  This puts those small- and medium-sized farms and young and beginning farmers at a disadvantage.  These are the very people the farm program is supposed to help.  The committee leaders negotiating the final bill struck my simple, common-sense and enforceable provisions from the final bill.  And, $387 million in savings are no longer realized.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some positives in the bill.  The crop insurance program remains in place to help farmers manage their own risk and the dairy program ended up better than where we started. But, this bill is a missed opportunity for true reform.  A few people put parochial interests ahead of agriculture as a whole.  Voting yes on this bill would be an endorsement of the egregious manipulation of my payment limit reforms behind closed doors.  I cannot in good conscience do that.

Scott County Extension Calendar February 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 15:04
February 12, 2014 Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, and Plant Disease Management, Scott County Extension Office, 9:00 am-11:45 am

February 12, 2014 PQA Plus Training Session, Scott County Extension Office, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

February 25, 2014 Scott County Extension Council Meeting, Scott County Extension Office, 7:00 pm

February 26, 2014 Seed Treatment, Scott County Extension Office, 9:00 am-11:30 am

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