By Joseph L. Murphy, Iowa Soybean Association
A lingering trade war with China, a broken levee system along the Missouri River and uncertain U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules impacting biodiesel and renewable fuels shaped the 2020 agricultural landscape in January and February. That is until COVID-19 exploded into a global pandemic forcing farmers, distributors and the food industry to rethink supply chains and business practices.
On top of the pandemic's uncertainty, many farmers faced drought conditions and a devastating derecho, compliments of Mother Nature. The year has dealt blows to Iowa farmers, but there have also been glimmers of hope. China purchased $25 billion in U.S. farm goods, part of its $36.5 billion commitment in the U.S.-China Phase One trade agreement, and there was a bounce in commodity markets.
Through it, all Iowa farmers remained resilient and committed to growing food that truly feeds the world.
The following 20 photos offer a glimpse of the year that was.