ISA Introductions Lead to Steady Export Business

A feed mill representative from Myanmar participated in an Illinois crop tour last year, met ISA representatives, and expressed interest in buying soybean meal from Illinois instead of South America. ISA introduced the buyer to an Illinois-based company with the ability to fulfill that request, which has grown into a monthly order of 3,500 metric tons of soybean meal. This relationship demonstrates how ISA opens and grows international markets for soybeans, the number two export from Illinois.
 

ISA Supports Efforts to Regain Korean Poultry Market Share

Because chickens and turkeys eat more than half the soybean meal in the U.S., the ISA checkoff program works with the U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) to grow poultry markets. To regain export markets in South Korea following the avian influenza outbreak in recent years, ISA supported cooking classes and competitions using U.S. turkey for culinary students and in-store, retail and wholesale promotions of turkey recipes and chicken sausages. 
 

ISA Bringing Agronomic Experts to a Town Near You

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.
 

Get 2017 Yield Challenge Entries in 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.  
 

Upcoming ILSoyAdvisor Webinar to Discuss P and K

Illinois soybean farmers can learn more about managing phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) during the next ILSoyAdvisor webinar. PotashCorp Agronomy Director Robert Mullen, Ph.D., will describe P and K behavior in soil, the importance of routine soil sampling, tips for making fertilizer decisions, and why good soybean nutrition helps growers be more profitable. The event will be held Nov. 9 from 10-11 a.m. with one continuing education unit in nutrient management. Be sure to register here.
 

ISA to Offer Soybean Summit in January

The 2018 ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit will be held Jan. 11 in Springfield, Ill., at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre. Attendees will find in one place the tools, resources and information they need to shatter soybean yield barriers. Look for more details and registration to open Nov. 1.
 

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.
 

National Parks Provide Cleaner Air Using B20 Biodiesel

High vehicle traffic at popular parks has encouraged the National Park Service to use more alternative fuels, including biodiesel. Several parks are using B20 to reduce their environmental footprints and promote cleaner air for visitors. Last year, Great Smoky Mountains National Park used more than 43,000 gallons of B20 biodiesel, resulting in estimated emissions reductions of 15 percent in carbon dioxide, 12 percent in carbon monoxide, 20 percent in both hydrocarbon and sulfur dioxide and 12 percent in particulate matter. Read more about how Great Smoky Mountains National Park provides cleaner air for hikers by using biodiesel. Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota also received attention this year for its use of B20. Read more about how park vehicles there run on biodiesel blends up to B20 year-round, despite temperatures that fall to an average low of minus seven degrees.
 

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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