ISA Hosts Latin American Trade Team

ISA Director Doug Schroeder last week hosted a group of Latin American soybean buyers on his farm near Mahomet, Ill. He shared details about soybean production and how Illinois soybean farmers are continuously improving sustainability. The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) led the multi-state trip. The ISA checkoff program also organized the group’s visit to a CHS grain elevator in Morris. Building and strengthening relationships with potential and current customers supports Illinois soybean exports.
 

ISA Supports Japanese Pork Promotion to Increase Exports

Through the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), the ISA checkoff program promotes U.S. pork in Japan. Pork exports add value to Illinois soybeans. To help the U.S. compete with Canada, USMEF brought key Japanese retail and foodservice decision makers to the U.S. to learn about pork production. Rantoul Foods in Rantoul, Ill., was one of their stops. The trip resulted in the introduction of U.S. pork loin and other cuts at key retailers. The ongoing Gochipo, or “sumptuous pork meal,” campaign featured popular pork loin recipes designated as “all stars” and introduced a sausage product.
 

ISA Takes the Stage at Women in Agribusiness Summit

ISA Infrastructure Lead Scott Sigman spoke to the annual Women in Agribusiness (WIA) Summit last week in Minneapolis. Sigman discussed how strong freight transportation and logistics networks help grow markets and contribute to soybean farmer profitability. He also explained how ISA is working to proactively address both near- and long-term opportunities by raising awareness regarding infrastructure issues, exploring opportunities to increase the use of containers for soybean export, engaging with officials and fostering collaboration. WIA is an agribusiness community where women are invited to develop valuable professional skills, network with influential executives, and learn about the industry outlooks and trends in an interactive and innovative forum. Learn more at womeninag.com.
 

ISA Facilitates Will County Transportation Planning Study

In order to drive fact-based decision making and better compete for federal funding, Will County officials embarked on a County Community Friendly Freight Mobility plan, thanks in part to the ISA checkoff program’s involvement in the Will County Freight Advisory Committee. According to the study, the value of freight moving through Will County equates to 97 percent of gross regional product, 80 percent of Illinois’ gross state product and 3.5 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. The multifaceted study, designed to be changed and updated over time, was approved by the Will County Board last week. Will County transportation consultant Ann Schneider and others have said the in-depth study will “set the bar” for other counties in the Chicago region. Will County has seen a 138 percent growth in freight over the past 10 years, far greater than any “peer region.” Read more about Will County’s study here.
 

Farmers Can Learn From 2017 Weed Challenges

As harvest approaches, it’s a good time to reflect on what happened during the season. It was an extremely trying year for planting and for implementing a successful weed control program. However, lessons can be learned for planning your 2018 crop. Learn what to watch for via the ISA checkoff program’s ILSoyAdvisor.com Soy Envoy Dawn Kielsmeier’s latest blog post.
 

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.
 

New Biodiesel Videos Available from NBB

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) recently released three new videos, designed to introduce specific audiences to the benefits of biodiesel. The videos will be shared with fleet managers, influencers and municipalities throughout the country. Each video focuses on the environmental and economic benefits of switching to biodiesel. View the videos here: http://biodiesel.org/news/video-library.
 

Receive Prizes for Your Top Soybean Yields

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.  
 

ISA Announces 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.
 

IPPA Seeks Farmers for Pork Future Leaders Program

As the pork industry continues to evolve, the Illinois Pork Producers Association is looking for candidates between the ages of 25-40 for its inaugural class of pork future leaders. Selected candidates will participate in four meetings over one year, beginning in May 2018.  Applications are now available at www.ilpork.com. Deadline to apply is Nov. 15, with the selection process taking place in December. All expenses will be covered for the designated participants. The annual program will highlight commercial production and encourage young leaders to get involved and be more active in the pork industry. For questions, contact Jennifer Tirey at 217-529-3100 or jennifer@ilpork.com.
 

Consider 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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