Help Lead Soybean Industry with the ISA Board

ISA will have five director positions open when the current fiscal year ends Aug. 31, 2018. District directors Jered Hooker, Tim Scates and David Droste are retiring, along with at-large directors C.W. Gaffner and John Hagenbuch. The process for district director elections officially begins in April 2018, but interested farmers are encouraged to consider the application process now. 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, but interested farmers are encouraged to consider the application process now. 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.

 

Act Now: Stop EPA from Cutting RFS Again

Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) urges Illinois soybean farmers to submit a comment letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes. The agency wants to lower the 2018 and 2019 volumes it proposed earlier this year for advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel, cutting advanced biofuels from 4.24 billion gallons to 3.77 billion gallons. This would reduce biomass-based diesel by as much as 315 million gallons. Act now to protect RFS volumes.

 

ISA Support Promotes Record Pork Exports to Mexico

The ISA checkoff program supports pork promotion in Mexico through the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). To date, 2017 pork exports to Mexico are on pace for a sixth consecutive volume record. USMEF promotions in Mexico supported by ISA include U.S. pork promotions at wholesale markets, cutting and cooking demonstrations throughout the country targeting buyers and processors, and product development workshops for processors. Other USMEF events have introduced new cuts to Mexican consumers. As pork exports grow, so does the need for soybean meal for pig feed.

 

Join ISA for New #FarmerFriday on Facebook

ISA’s 24 board members represent soybean farmers across the state. Together they lead initiatives to move Illinois soybeans forward while focusing on specific issues like biodiesel, trade expansion, sustainability and more. Follow #FarmerFriday on ISA’s Facebook page every Friday to learn more about ISA leaders’ farms, issues of interest and work being done to advance Illinois soybean farmers.

 

Podcast: Maximize Harvest Opportunities

In the latest ILSoyAdvisor podcast, CCA Soy Envoy Kevin Nelson explains how farmers can tell when their soybeans are physiologically mature and how moisture factors into the harvest strategy. Click to listen and find more expert, agronomic podcasts here.

 

Learn More About Nutrient Management from ILSoyAdvisor Webinar

Illinois soybean farmers can learn more about managing phosphorus and potassium by evaluating soil test levels, yield expectations and water quality during the next IlSoyAdvisor webinar. The event will be held Nov. 9 from 10-11 a.m. with one continuing education unit in nutrient management.

 

Soybeans 2017: The Good, the Bad, the Maybe not so Bad

The 2017 CCA Soy Envoys are finishing up their last blogs for the year, and Kevin Nelson shares his year-end recap of what he saw. Read more from him and the other envoys here.

 

NBB Invites Students to Apply for Scholarships to Attend Conference

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is offering scholarships for students to attend the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Jan. 22 – 25 in Fort Worth, Texas. To help build the biodiesel industry into the future, the program fosters professional relationships between budding and established scientists, shares accurate industry information and increases collaboration between academia and the biodiesel industry. NBB, the USDA Biodiesel Education Program, United Soybean Board and National Biodiesel Foundation sponsor the scholarships, which amount to a $1,200 conference registration and a $600 travel reimbursement. Interested students should apply by Nov. 19 at biodiesel.org/ngsb/.

 

Illinois Farm Families Raises Awareness of Farm Value with Dietitians

Illinois farmer Heather Hampton-Knodle and Chicago-area dietitian Vicki Retelny spoke to a group of 45 Chicago dietitians during their chapter meeting at the end of September. Heather spoke about her farm and what local means to her, while Vicki shared her farm experiences and consumer research that supports farmers being a valuable resource of information. The Q&A portion had a wide variety of questions, from GMOs, hormones and sustainability, to farm size and makeup. Following the presentation, 98 percent of attendees felt it was “very to especially important” to connect with local farmers about farming and know how food is grown and raised today.

 

Illinois Farm Families Addresses Food Safety with Dietetic Students

Fourteen undergrad dietetic students and their instructor took a virtual tour of Borgic Farms, hosted by the farm’s manager and its swine veterinarian recently. Then they enjoyed an on-farm tour of Mitchell Dairy, hosted by brothers John and Aaron Mitchell and neighbor and fellow dairy farmer Brent Pollard. Students were engaged and asked good questions during both tours. Following the events, students’ concern levels (somewhat to very concerned) about food safety decreased by 62 percent.

 

ISA Looking for Local CCA Soybean Advocates for 2018

ISA is looking for Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) interested in sharing their expert recommendations and updates on in-season soybean management via the ILSoyAdvisor network. CCAs with a current membership are welcome to apply for the 2018 CCA Soy Envoy Program, which occurs during the growing season, from April to October. Soy Envoys, which are supported by the ISA checkoff program, receive increased visibility and can expand their professional network while providing Illinois farmers with local, relevant soybean management advice. To participate or ask questions, email Dan Davidson.

 

Enter Your Top Soybean Yields Before Nov. 15

The 2017 ILSoyAdvisor.com Yield Challenge contest is still open for entries. Growers can enter their soybean yield results until Nov. 15. In 2016, many contestants achieved yields in the upper-80 to mid-90-bushel range—a big improvement over the state average of 59 bushel-per-acre yields. Growers can enter and receive regional cash prizes for the 100-Bushel Challenge, Crop-District Contest, Side-by-Side Contest or the new Double-Crop Yield Contest. Click here for more information.  

 

Prepare for 2018 Season: Attend Jan. 11 Soybean Summit

Save the date, Jan. 11, for a day of farmer-focused, profit-building soybean growing tips. The 2018 ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit will be held in Springfield, Ill., at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre. More information about the ISA checkoff program event will be coming soon.

 

Consider ISG Membership Program Options

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. 

 

Become Involved: Participate in 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.

 

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