USDA Names Illinois Farmer, Others to United Soybean Board

USDA last week appointed 19 farmers to serve the United Soybean Board for three-year terms, including Gary Berg, St. Elmo, Ill. USB works to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct research and promotion activities. Berg served as an ISA district director and is a previous Soy Ambassador.
 

ISA Honors Industry Leaders for their Service

The ISA checkoff and membership programs honored six industry leaders with awards of excellence this week. The winners were nominated and chosen by the ISA Board of Directors for excellence in promoting soy from Illinois in ISA's priority areas. Amparo Garza Lang, recently retired from the Illinois Department of Agriculture, is the ISA Excellence in Leadership award winner. Lynn Clarkson is the ISA Excellence in Marketplace award winner. Clarkson is founder of Clarkson Grain Company Inc. Robert J. Jones and Kimberlee Kidwell with the University of Illinois are the ISA Stakeholder Engagement award winners. John Schillinger, president and founder of Schillinger Genetics, Inc., is the Excellence in Technology Transfer award winner. Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, is the ISA Excellence in Transportation award winner. ISA also recognized outgoing board member Gary Berg, who served two terms as ISA District 13 director. 
 

ISA Scholarship Recipient Shines at National Meeting

Previous ISA crop sciences scholarship winner and Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) student Sarah Dintelmann recently won third place for her research presentation at the Agronomy, Crop Science and Soil Science Society meeting in Tampa. In addition, SIUC student Madison Decker won first place for her talk on soybean foliar diseases, and student Kayla Broster won third place with her poster on weed impacts on corn and soybeans. Read more in this Illinois Agrinews story.
 

ISA Director Participates in USFRA Annual Meeting

Absence claims, boosting farmers’ voices in social media and reaching new food and health influencers are among initiatives for 2018 outlined during the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) annual meeting. ISA director Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare serves as secretary for the USFRA board and shares ISA’s perspectives on these and other communications efforts planned for the year. Among new initiatives is the EngAGe app, which will serve as a platform for farmers to easily share and comment on relevant stories in social media. Sign up to participate at Commodity Classic in February.
 

Arlington Heights Fleet Manager Talks B20 Biodiesel

A new video interview with Village of Arlington Heights fleet manager Ray Salisbury highlights this B20 Club member’s experience with B20 biodiesel. Village of Arlington Heights has used biodiesel to power its fleet since 2007 and has seen less maintenance and increased performance in its fleet’s engines over the years. By using cleaner burning B20, the Village of Arlington Heights boosts the American economy and helps gain profits for Illinois farmers.
 

ISA Addresses Transportation at Annual Agriculture Conference

ISA Transportation and Export Infrastructure Lead Scott Sigman spoke at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s annual agriculture conference this week. Sigman emphasized the critical role transportation and infrastructure plays in the viability of the ag industry. He noted soybeans add $6.1 billion to the Illinois economy, but infrastructure spending is not keeping pace with population and economic growth.
 

New Pig Barn Open House in Lee County

The Dave Meurer family will host an open house for their new 2,400-head wean-to-finish pig barn southeast of Ashton, Ill., in Lee County, on Dec. 6. The barn will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is located at 1614 Meridian Road outside of Ashton. The family will share how they will care for their pigs and visitors will enjoy a complimentary pork chop lunch. New pig barns grow the local market for soybean meal. For more information or directions, contact Lindsey Henson or Laura Temple.
 

Nominate a CCA for Soybean Master Adviser Award by Dec. 10

Do you know an experienced Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) in Illinois who has a passion for soybean management? Nominate him or her for the annual Soybean Master Adviser award, presented by the ISA checkoff program. The award is part of ISA’s effort to recognize CCAs for their contribution to soybean production in Illinois. Interested Illinois CCAs whose certification is active, and who are involved in soybean management are eligible. To nominate a CCA, complete the nomination form, provide a few examples of work and explain why the CCA deserves the award. The Soybean Master Adviser award winner will be selected by a panel of ISA board members, Illinois CCA board members and university professionals. Nominations are open until Dec. 10, 2017. Visit ilsoy.org/master_adviser for details. 
 

University Researchers Seek Farmer Survey Participants

Aslihan Spaulding from Illinois State University and Scott Downey from Purdue University are asking for help in identifying the personality traits of U.S. farmers as related to the Big Five personality traits and entrepreneurship. Farmer participation in this study consists of completing an online questionnaire, which will take less than 10 minutes. If you wish to participate in this study, please follow this link to provide your consent and start the survey at U.S. Farmer Personality Traits.
 

Watch Amazing 2017 Soybean Season and Lessons for 2018 Webinar

ILSoyAdvisor’s December webinar will be hosted by Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois crop sciences professor. He will present a recap of weather and management that contributed to the 2017 season and how the information can be used to prepare for 2018. The webinar will be Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Viewers can earn one continuing education unit (CEU) in crop management. Register here.
 

Start 2018 on the Right Foot at ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit

The 2018 ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit will provide tips to build bigger yields and better profits. The event will be held Jan. 11 at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre in Springfield. Farmer will learn about the latest technologies and management to shatter soybean yield barriers, including boron use, a risk management and commodity outlook, and habits of financially resilient farmers. Certified Crop Advisers may earn CEUs for individual breakout sessions. Check out the agenda and sign up to attend here.
 

Save the Date for the Better Beans Series

The ISA checkoff program will offer local agronomic solutions to your world of needs through a series of local, winter meetings. ILSoyAdvisor will bring the latest soybean management research and advice to five Illinois communities; Jan. 30, Polo; Jan. 31, Mendota; Feb. 1, Jacksonville; Feb. 6, Altamont; and Feb. 22, Fairview Heights. Programming is still under development, but will be tailored to specific challenges and needs of each region. Look for more information and registration in December.
 

Farmer Profitability Roadshow Coming in February

Year in and year out, some farmers achieve better profits than average. How do they do it? Join ISA, University of Illinois professor Gary Schnitkey, Farm Business Farm Management and other financial experts for a “Resilient Farmer Roadshow—Building Habits to Be a Successful Risk Manager.” The roadshow is coming mid-February to Dekalb, Galesburg, Bloomington, Altamont and Mt. Vernon. More details and registration will be forthcoming.
 

Illinois Dicamba Training Website Available

The new labels for Engenia, Xtendimax and FeXapan require that applicators be certified to purchase these products and receive specific dicamba training to apply these products in 2018. The Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) has developed and launched an Illinois dicamba training website that provides resources to facilitate training, www.ifca.com/illinoisdicambatraining.com. The site features an explanation of the new requirements, Frequently Asked Questions, a resource page with labels, a recordkeeping form and other helpful guidance documents, a calendar of available training venues and the ability to register online for training events. Anyone in the soybean production system is encouraged to understand the requirements and importance of the stewardship of these products. Additional dicamba resources for farmers can be found at www.ilsoy.org.
 

Help Lead Soybean Industry with the ISA Board

ISA will have five director positions open when the current fiscal year ends Aug. 31, 2018. The process for district director elections officially begins in April 2018. Districts with openings are District 10, representing Christian, Dewitt, Macon, Moultrie and Shelby counties; District 16, representing Clay, Edwards, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne and White counties; and District 17, representing Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph and Washington counties. The process for at-large director elections officially begins in February 2018. Two nominees from the application pool will be elected by a majority of soybean farmers in attendance at the annual meeting, Aug. 1, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. No write-in provision exists for at-large directors. For more information, contact Angel Terrell.
 

Do You Belong to the Illinois Soybean Growers?

To bring farmers the most value possible, Illinois Soybean Growers has two membership options: policy membership and informational membership. Membership in ASA is included with both options. Contact the ISG office at 888-826-4011 for more details and to join or renew. 
 

Farmers Invited to Join ISG’s Political Action Committee

Illinois soybean farmers are invited to participate in the Illinois Soybean Growers Political Action Committee (ISGPAC). ISGPAC provides farmers with strong involvement in political races, and a direct pipeline to tell legislators about the issues that matter most to Illinois farmers:  transportation efficiency, expanding animal agriculture, worldwide market access support, biodiesel, trade, energy, taxes and ag research. Farmers directly can support legislators who take a leadership role on soybean priorities and policies. ISGPAC helps nurture those relationships and keeps key contacts in office where they work for the industry's best interests. Visit ISGPAC.
 

ILSoyAdvisor Tweet of the Week

Dec. 10 is the last day to nominate an outstanding CCA for the Master Adviser Award. Find our more here: http://bit.ly/CCAaward. Check out the tweet here. Follow @ILSoyAdvisor on Twitter for more soybean updates daily.