Valent joins Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University


AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University welcomes Valent as its newest industry partner. A representative from Valent will serve on the center’s industry advisory council, which provides guidance on research needs and funding priorities for the center.

“Valent is honored to join the group of industry partners associated with the Iowa Soybean Research Center and looks forward to the collaboration. We are committed to developing technologies that equip growers to protect their crops, enhance yield and quality and drive sustainability,” said Kenneth Seebold, senior director of field research and development for Valent.

“I am pleased to welcome Valent as the newest partner of the Iowa Soybean Research Center,” said ISRC co-director Greg Tylka. “I have worked with Valent scientists evaluating products for control of the soybean cyst nematode for numerous years and have admired their approach to developing pest management solutions for soybean farmers.”

“We look forward to adding Valent’s perspective to the ISRC Industry Advisory Council as we continually strive to identify researchable questions and gain insights to improve soybean farmers’ productivity, profitability and sustainability,” said Christie Wiebbecke, chief officer of research and conservation for the Iowa Soybean Association and chair of the Iowa Soybean Research Center’s Industry Advisory Council.

As one of the ISRC’s industry partners, Valent will provide financial support to the center, which will be leveraged with soybean checkoff funds from the Iowa Soybean Association to support soybean research at the university.

The center is a formal collaboration of Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Iowa Soybean Association and industry partners. Together, representatives from ISA and industry make up the ISRC’s Industry Advisory Council. Valent is the center’s newest industry partner, joining Ag Ingenuity Partners, Albaugh, AMVAC, BASF, Bayer, Beck’s, Cornelius Seed, Corteva Agriscience, FMC, GDM, Innvictis/Simplot, Meristem Crop Performance, Merschman Seeds, Mosaic, Nutrien, Peterson Genetics, Sound Agriculture, Syngenta and UPL.

About Valent

Valent U.S.A. LLC, headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., develops and markets products in the United States, Canada and Mexico that advance sustainable agriculture, protect crops, enhance crop yields, improve food quality, beautify the environment and safeguard public health. Valent products include a well-known line of quality herbicide, insecticide, fungicide and plant growth regulator products for agricultural, seed protection and professional use. Valent is a leader in marketing and sales of both traditional chemical products and biorational products developed by its affiliate, Valent BioSciences LLC. 

About the Iowa Soybean Research Center

The Iowa Soybean Research Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary on July 1, 2024. The ISRC was established in 2014 by Iowa State University in partnership with the Iowa Soybean Association. The center was founded to increase soybean production and profitability for Iowa farmers through coordinated research efforts involving Iowa State, the Iowa Soybean Association and the private sector. More information on becoming an industry partner of the Iowa Soybean Research Center is available by emailing the center at or by contacting the center’s co-directors listed below.



Dr. Greg Tylka, Iowa Soybean Research Center, 515-294-0878,

Dr. Asheesh “Danny” Singh, Iowa Soybean Research Center, 515-294-3268,

Kara Berg, Iowa Soybean Research Center, 515-294-8927,

Dr. Kenneth Seebold, Valent, 859-940-5184,

American, Mexican, and Canadian Cattle Producers Sign Joint Statement and Send Letter Raising Brazilian Beef Concerns

American, Mexican, and Canadian Cattle Producers Sign Joint Statement and Send Letter Raising Brazilian Beef Concerns

Statement Strengthens Oversight of Lab-Grown Protein and Promotes Cattle Health

Article courtesy of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA)

HERMOSILLO, Mexico (May 15, 2024) – Today, leaders of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas (CNOG), and Canadian Cattle Association (CCA) signed a joint statement to continue advocating for greater oversight of emerging lab-grown proteins, protecting cattle from animal diseases, and promoting the sustainability of the cattle industry. This action builds on the recent statement signing with Cattle Australia and furthers the international partnerships between cattle producers.

“The signing of this joint statement is an important step that unites cattle producers across North America and around the world to promote and protect efficient cattle production,” said NCBA President and Wyoming rancher Mark Eisele.

Following the joint statement signing, NCBA, CNOG, and CCA also signed a letter addressed to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, Secretaria de Economía Raquel Buenrostro Sanchez, and Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development Mary Ng urging the U.S., Mexican, and Canadian governments to re-engage in opening markets for beef exports and provide stronger science-based oversight of beef imports. Unfortunately, the three governments have expanded market access for beef imports while providing little opportunities for beef exports. If this continues, it will place North American cattle producers at a competitive disadvantage to other beef producers, including South America.

“I am also pleased that American, Mexican, and Canadian cattle producers are standing together to hold our trade partners accountable. For the United States, we have significant concerns that Brazil continues to have access to the U.S. market even though they have a repeated history of failing to disclose animal health concerns, including cases of atypical BSE,” Eisele added. “We continue urging our respective governments to protect the beef supply by blocking Brazilian imports. We are pleased to be partners on these issues and act as the voice of cattle farmers and ranchers to our respective governments.”

NCBA has previously raised concerns with Brazil’s access to the American market due to the country’s failure to report cases of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a timely manner to the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH). These atypical cases occur spontaneously, but countries are required to report any cases within 24 hours to WOAH. The United States has upheld the 24 hour requirement continuously, but Brazil has often delayed reporting cases from anywhere between 35 days and nearly 2 years. That lack of transparency increases the risk to food safety and makes Brazil an unreputable trading partner.  

The letter and joint statement were signed at the CNOG 2024 convention in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico by NCBA President Mark Eisele, CNOG President Sr. Homero García de la Llata, and CCA President Nathan Phinney.

View the statement here.

View the letter to U.S., Mexican, and Canadian trade officials here.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) represents America’s beef cattle farmers and ranchers. Initiated in 1898, NCBA has members in all 50 U.S. states and also represents producers through a network of 44 state affiliate organizations.
Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas (CNOG), created in 1935, represents Mexican ranchers, local livestock associations, regional livestock unions, registered livestock associations, and regional livestock unions of pig farmers.
The Canadian Cattle Association (CCA) represents Canada’s 60,000 beef farms and feedlots. CCA is a non-profit federation comprised of nine provincial member cattle associations that provide representation to a national, producer-led board of directors.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has represented America’s cattle producers since 1898, preserving the heritage and strength of the industry through education and public policy.  As the largest association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create new markets and increase demand for beef.  Efforts are made possible through membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 1-866-BEEF-USA or

Two Priorities Serving Iowa Beef Cattle Producers Signed into Law by Governor Reynolds

Two Priorities Serving Iowa Beef Cattle Producers Signed into Law by Governor Reynolds

Article and photo courtesy of Iowa Cattlemen’s Association

AMES, Iowa – Yesterday, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed two bills into law that were high priorities for the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA). Showcasing the importance, a large crowd gathered at Pat and Laura Blomme’s farm to witness this notable event.

The Meat Integrity Bill (S.F. 2391), led by Sen. Dawn Driscoll (SD-46) and Rep. Heather Hora (HD-92), protects against the misbranding of fake meat products and keeps experimental, lab-grown protein out of supplemental nutrition programs and schools.

During the signing, Gov. Reynolds referenced that this bill is about transparency, ensuring consumers are told exactly what they are getting. She went on to say that it is just common sense that when a product is labeled as beef, pork, or chicken, it should come from an animal.

“The Meat Integrity Bill means that Iowa cattle producers are going to be relevant in the future,” said Dan Delaney, an ICA member from Jefferson County. “It means we won’t have others trying to sell a product in the state labeled as beef, pork, or chicken if it doesn’t come from that animal. This means a lot to the entire livestock industry.”

Steve Swenka, an ICA member from Johnson County added, “This bill ensures the integrity and wholesomeness of our product. It makes sure that imposters and wannabes aren’t thrown into the mix. And that the purity and quality of our product is represented the way it was meant to be.”

The second bill, H.F. 2649, was managed by Sen. Driscoll and Rep. Derek Wulf (HD-76) and prevented a new tax on producers by reinstating the livestock capital gains deduction.

Gov. Reynolds shared that this bill will save producers collectively more than $18 million by 2030. She said that this bill prevents the net capital gain on the sale of livestock from being considered individual income for tax purposes.

Delaney and Swenka echoed the positive financial impacts for producers referenced by the governor. They said that the signing of this bill was a great victory for today’s producers and future generations of livestock producers.

To see these two bills come to fruition validates the continued commitment by the governor and state legislators to the Iowa beef cattle industry and agriculture as a whole. ICA’s work in the Iowa Statehouse provided meaningful advocacy that increased profitability for producer members and protected their livelihood for generations to come.

“It was a beautiful day, and while I wish I could have been in the field, it was nice to be here to see the support for all agriculture,” said Delaney. “I also enjoyed having the signing on an operation with the family atmosphere, the kids here, and the beautiful location. This is what Iowa is all about.”

“It’s a great day,” said Swenka. “It’s not every day that you get to see a bill signed into law in person. To actually see it happen after following it so closely for two years is very gratifying and rewarding.”

About Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA): Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents nearly 8,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef cattle industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef cattle business through advocacy, leadership, and education.”

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