Illinois Soybean Farmers See Soy at Work in Central America

BLOOMINGTON, ILL -- March 15, 2012 -- Both new market and humanitarian assistance opportunities exist for Illinois soybeans and soy products in parts of Central America. That was the conclusion drawn by Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) directors Dan Farney, soybean farmer from Morton, Ill., and... Read more

Getting to Know Wendel Lutz

Wendel Lutz ran for and was elected to the ISA board in 2009. He wanted to get a closer look at how soybean checkoff dollars were being spent in Illinois. Lutz is the District 11 director from Dewey, representing Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar and Piatt counties. "I farm, but I also had just lost... Read more

Illinois Soybean Association and Cargill Announce Partnership To Advance Soybean Yields and Quality

International grain marketing company Cargill is the latest organization to join a new partnership program with the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) to help advance the soybean industry in the state. As a corporate partner, Cargill will collaborate with Illinois soybean farmers to improve soybean... Read more

Two Illinois Soybean Farmers Receive National Honors

BLOOMINGTON,ILL ֠March 5, 2012 ֠Two dedicated Illinois soybean farmer-leaders were honored Friday, March 2, during Commodity Classic in Nashville, Tenn. C.W. Gaffner, past ISA director from Greenville, Ill., received the American Soybean Association (ASA) Lifetime Achievement/Membership Focus Award... Read more

Harvest of First Farmed Fish in U.S. Waters Shows Promise of Eco-Friendly Aquaculture

"Velella" Drifter Pen Project Completes Grow-out 3 to 75 Miles Offshore Kailua-Kona, Hawaii -- Marine biologists at Kampachi Farms announced today the successful final harvest from the "Velella" Research Project, which raised fish for the first time in U.S. Federal waters. This harvest completes... Read more

Illinois Soybean Farmers Partner with Industry to Promote Proper Nutrient Management

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. – February 28, 2012 – The Illinois agriculture industry continues to experience regulatory pressure to reduce on-farm input use. Illinois soybean farmers, with funding from the soybean checkoff, are helping promote smart nutrient management decisions this spring, and showcasing... Read more

Illinois Soybean Farmers Strengthen Ties with Chinese Trade Delegation

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. -- February 21, 2012 -- Illinois soybean farmers met with a Chinese trade delegation last week during a visit to the Chicago Board of Trade. The delegation, having signed several trade agreements while in the U.S., represented Chinese companies expecting to import about $4.5... Read more

ISA Seeks Soybean Farmers Interested in United Soybean Board Nomination

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. -- February 21, 2012 -- The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is looking for farmers interested in filling one of Illinois' four director positions with the United Soybean Board (USB). The position currently held by David Hartke, soybean farmer from Teutopolis, Ill., expires in... Read more

New Illinois Ag Director, Other Leaders Talk Crucial Soybean Transportation Issues

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. -- February 20, 2012 -- Key government and industry leaders led productive discussion at a recent Illinois soybean checkoff-funded transportation event. The day-long summit was held to address challenges and opportunities of the current transportation infrastructure used to move... Read more

The Historic Pattern of U.S Soybean Yields, Any Implications for 2012?

Like the U.S. average corn yield, the U.S. average soybean yield was below trend value in 2011. Market sentiment favors a return to trend yield for soybeans in 2012. Here we examine the pattern of yields from 1960 through 2011 (Figure 1) to identify any patterns that might be helpful in forming... Read more

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