One of the biggest impacts on grain prices in Iowa today is global trade. Landus Cooperative invites its members to its annual meeting Tues., Dec. 18, to hear from USDA trade counsel, Jason Hafemeister.

Hafemeister serves as the trade counsel to the secretary at the USDA. He has been involved in agricultural farm and trade policy for over 25 years, including almost 20 years at USDA and with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

“We are proud to host the trade counselor to Secretary Sonny Perdue to provide updates on the NAFTA agreement, the “trade aid” program knows as the Market Facilitation Program, and the latest news on discussions with China during our annual meeting,” said John Scott, Odebolt-area farmer and president of the Landus Cooperative Board. “Global issues impact every farmer-member of this cooperative, and I invite everyone to join us in Ames on Dec. 18. This is an annual meeting you will not want to miss.”

The meeting will be held at the company’s headquarters at 2321 N. Loop Dr. in Ames.

9:00-9:30 a.m.: Registration

9:30-9:45 a.m.: Business meeting called to order

9:45-10:30 a.m.: Keynote address by Jason Hafemeister, Trade Counsel to the Secretary, USDA, (open to media)

10:30-10:45 a.m.: Business meeting adjourned, Q&A and discussion with board and executive team

RSVPs are strongly suggested. Landus Cooperative members are asked to RSVP by Friday, Dec. 14, to 515-817-2100 or