Loyola’s Biodiesel Initiatives Rival its Basketball Team’s Success

No matter which basketball team comes out on top in the NCAA tournament on Monday, Loyola University is a winner when it comes to biodiesel. The Searle Biodiesel Program at Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability focuses on producing usable products from university and community waste. The student-run enterprise produces biodiesel, BioSoap, windshield wiper fluid and lip balm. It is the only school operation licensed to sell biodiesel in the United States. Loyola’s most recent initiative is building a mobile biodiesel processor (MBP), a small unit capable of processing used cooking oil into biodiesel. Read more about the program here.

 

IFF Sponsors Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spring Assembly

The Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAND) Spring Assembly held in Oak Brook, Ill., March 22 and 23 was sponsored in part by Illinois Farm Families (IFF). Farmers attended a “meet and greet” reception to engage in one-on-one conversations with influencers. Veterinarian Lynda Gould gave a 30-minute presentation to more than 200 dietitians during lunch. In addition, a live interview with Jodie Shield, a registered dietitian nutritionist, and Illinois farmer Alan Adams was posted on the IFF Facebook page. Emails, tour and speaker requests were collected at a table in the exhibit hall.  IFF has a year-long partnership with IAND to connect with dietitians through this event as well as through upcoming emails, survey, newsletter ad and webinar.

 

Illinois Farmers Represent U.S. Soy in Indonesia

ISA leaders were part of a delegation of U.S. soybean farmers that attended a soy food and agriculture supply chain conference in Indonesia this week. They participated in a panel that shared the 2017-18 crop outlook, their sustainable farming practices, the importance of and commitment to export markets for the U.S. soy industry, and the latest farming technology. Conference attendees were from throughout Southeast Asia. Indonesia is the number two market for containerized soybeans from Illinois, and a key soybean meal customer as well. For more details, contact Eric Woodie.

 

Growers Can Still Get Certified Dicamba Training Online

The Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association trained more than 11,000 dicamba handlers in classroom events around the country this past winter. Those who were unable to be trained in person (the preferred method) can still obtain their training certificate by completing online training modules and taking a knowledge test. Learn more and complete the training here.  

 

What will a Successful Dicamba Season Look Like?

Widespread off-target damage from dicamba in 2017 caused many new amendments to be issued on XtendiMax, Engenia and FeXpan labels, but these amendments won’t be enough to ensure success this season. University of Illinois weed scientist Aaron Hager shares his thoughts on what a successful season of using dicamba will be and on application methods and in-field scouting in this article.

 

Upcoming Field Day Focuses on Cover Crops, Soil Health

A field day April 4 at Thorndyke Farms in Ford County will focus on actions farmers can take to improve cover crops and soil health. The event is hosted by the Livingston County Soil and Water District (SWCD), Ford County SWCD and American Farmland Trust. More details are available here.

 

Learn How Aerial Imagery Can Change Your Farm Management

In a free webinar, April 11 from 10 to 11 a.m., Greg Rose, co-founder and vice president of product at ItelinAir, and Senior Agronomist Ivan Dozier, will present aerial imagery for farms. They will explore the past, present and future of aerial imagery while sharing case studies about how Illinois farmers can use aerial analytics to make strategic management decisions. Reserve your spot for this webinar here.

 

Producers Must Renew CSP Contracts by April 13

Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to renew their Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts. CSP contracts allow private landowners to earn payments for actively managing, maintaining and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, nutrient management, buffer strips and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat – all while maintaining active production on their land. Learn more from the Natural Resources Conservation Service here.

 

ISA Sponsors Monthly Transportation Podcasts

The ISA checkoff program is hosting a monthly transportation podcast where listeners can hear from one of the industry’s best, Don Wenneker, as he analyzes key topics. With more than 50 years of experience serving the agriculture industry, Wenneker brings a wealth of knowledge to ISA. Retired from Tate & Lyle, his expertise within grain merchandising and transportation on both domestic and international platforms allows him to bring a fresh and innovative perspective. Tune in here every month, and listen on the following dates: April 20, May 28, June 15, July 20 and August 24. ISA thanks Geo Grain for providing basis maps for evaluation and Wenneker for his thought leadership.

 

Cover Crops Field Guide App Available

The Midwest Cover Crops Council has made its popular pocket field guide available as a mobile app for iPhone and Android. Producers can access all the same cover crops information available in the pocket guide on a phone or tablet. The application version includes additional photos as well as links to other useful information. The app will download for free, but to access all information, there is a $2.99 yearly subscription fee. The printed field guide is still available on the Purdue Extension Education Store. Look for the app on the App Store or Google Play.

 

Petitions Available for ISB District Director Elections

Petitions are available for growers interested in running for open director positions with the Illinois Soybean Board (ISB). Petitions can be obtained from the Illinois Department of Agriculture, local University of Illinois Extension offices and the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA). Petitions must be filed by May 15, 2018. Six Illinois districts will hold director elections this year:

 

  • District 2:   Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kankakee, Lake McHenry, Will
  • District 10: Christian, Dewitt, Macon, Moultrie, Shelby
  • District 11: Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar, Piatt
  • District 14: Clark, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Jasper
  • District 16: Clay, Edwards, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, White
  • District 17: Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph, Washington

 

Due to the tenure provision specified in the soybean checkoff, directors in District 10 (Jered Hooker), District 16 (Tim Scates), and District 17 (David Droste) are not eligible for re-election. Directors serving in District 2 (William Awe), District 11 (Doug Schroeder) and District 14 (Sherri Kannmacher) are eligible for another three-year term. A candidate must be an Illinois resident and resident grower of the district he or she seeks to represent, of legal voting age and a contributor to the soybean checkoff. For more information, contact Angel Terrell.

 

Consider the Membership Options for 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. 

 

Join ISG’s Political Action Committee Today

Illinois soybean farmers are invited to join 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 issues that matter most to them. 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

SCN counts are becoming worrisome but the latest ISA research may have an answer. Find out what you should do to manage: http://bit.ly/SCNStudy. Check out the tweet here. Follow @ILSoyAdvisor on Twitter for daily soybean updates.