IDOA Tour Participants Express Interest in Containerized Soybeans

After the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s annual grain tour last week, five participants expressed interest in buying containerized soybeans from Illinois. The ISA checkoff program hosted the group of 30 international buyers from six Asian and Latin American countries at the Chicago office as part of the tour. The ISA team will follow up with these potential new customers. In addition, one of the participants in the 2016 Illinois grain tour has become a new Illinois soybean meal customer, demonstrating how this tour and the ISA checkoff program work together to increase Illinois exports.
 

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.
 

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. 
 

ISA Focuses on B20 at I-55 Trucker Appreciation Event

Biodiesel conversation was freely flowing at the Greater Chicago I-55 Truck Plaza’s eighth annual trucker appreciation event Sept. 20-21. Pete Probst, fuel industry consultant, represented ISA with a display and educational materials about B20. Congressman Bill Foster and Illinois State Representative John Connor (D-Romeoville) talked with truckers and vendors about how great the biodiesel industry is for America and for Illinois soybean farmers. 
 

In the photo, left to right, Robin Puthusseril, owner of Greater Chicago I-55 Truck Plaza; Jessica Frend, government affairs advisor for Steptoe and Johnson LLP; Pete Probst, Indigenous Energy; Bill Foster, Congressman for the 11th Congressional District; John Connor, State Representative for the 85th District; and John Puthusseril, owner of Greater Chicago I-55 Truck Plaza.

 

Illinois Soybean Farmer Talks GMOs with Food Exec Women’s Group

Illinois farmer Katie Pratt recently spoke about GMOs on behalf of Illinois Farm Families (IFF) to 35 Chicago women who are members of the Food Executive Women professional development group. The group represents various parts of the food supply chain, including McDonald's product development specialists, individual ingredient suppliers and a dietitian who consults with companies like IKEA. In a post-event survey, 100 percent said it was “very or especially valuable” to learn about GMOs and sustainability from a farmer’s perspective. Concerns about GMO safety fell 20 percent after the talk.
 

Attend “Food Evolution” Screening in Chicago

The Illinois Science Council, Illinois Farm Families and Chicago Section of the Institute of Food Technologists will host a public screening and discussion of a new documentary film, Food Evolution, on Oct. 3, from 7-9 p.m. The film is about the science behind, and the debates around, GMOs. Following the film, a Q&A session will be held with farmers and food researchers. Tickets to the screening can be purchased here. The screening will be held at ArcLight Cinemas, 1500 N. Clybourn Ave., in Chicago.
 

How Much Soybean Meal is Found in Pork Cuts?

Pork production uses 74 percent of the soybean meal fed in Illinois. A finished hog eats about 136 pounds of soybean meal.  But where does that meal end up? Estimates based on USDA hog market data figure that about 35.3 pounds of soybean meal go into a pork loin, while another 33.5 pounds goes into a ham. And a pork belly uses about 21.5 pounds of soybean meal. That’s a unique look at how the pork industry relies on the soybeans now being harvested in Illinois.
 

Soy Checkoff Research Leads to Heart Healthy Findings

The soy checkoff recently conducted research on the health benefits of high oleic soybean oil and its positive impact on lipid levels in humans. The news comes as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a qualified health claim linking the consumption of soybean oil to a reduced risk of coronary heart disease and lower LDL cholesterol. Read more in the latest Soy Connection here.
 

Receive Prizes for Your Top Soybean Yields

The 2017 ILSoyAdvisor.com Yield Challenge contest is now 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.
 

Illinois Ag Leadership Program Seeks Applicants

The Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program (IALP) Class of 2018 has passed its halfway point of development, and IALP is now starting to pursue the next class of up-and-coming leaders in Illinois agriculture. The application for the IALP Class of 2020 is online, and the group is looking for potential candidates to become leaders in Illinois agriculture. If you are interested or have employees, colleagues, clients or customers that are driven leaders within their communities and professions, encourage them to explore the opportunity at www.agleadership.org.
 

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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