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Leaders to make policy decisions at ISA annual meeting Dec. 12

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 12:15 p.m. CDT

ANKENY — Crop insurance, property taxes and transportation are critical issues affecting agriculture and will be discussed when directors and delegates gather for the Iowa Soybean Association’s annual meeting and policy conference Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Ankeny.

ISA President Mark Jackson says the meeting is the culmination of district advisory council meetings held this fall. The goal is to effectively adapt soybean policy to changing times.

“I find it to be an exciting time to express our opinions to other soybean farmers while establishing direction for ISA’s legislative, regulatory and trade efforts,” said Jackson of Rose Hill. “Getting involved is the best way to achieve our mission of expanding opportunities for Iowa’s soybean growers.”

Several keynote speakers are scheduled to address ISA leaders on timely topics important to their farms and businesses. Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Sharon Bomer will highlight trade issues and Stephen Frerichs, lobbyist with AgVantage LLC, will discuss the status of federal legislation affecting agriculture, including the farm bill. Erin Herbold-Swalwell, chair of the Iowa State Bar Association Agricultural Law Committee, will examine estate tax issues.

To learn more about ISA, visit its website at www.iasoybeans.com.

The Iowa Soybean Association develops policies and programs that help farmers expand profit opportunities while promoting environmentally sensitive production using the soybean checkoff and other resources. The Association is governed by an elected volunteer board of 21 farmers.

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