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Soybean Weekly Update
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Soybean Weekly Update - December 13, 2013 (12-12-2013) U.S. Soy Exports Hit Record Value in 2013 - The U.S. soybean industry exported 1.7 billion bushels to customers around the world in the 2012-13 marketing year, which ended Sept. 30. The value of these exports comes to a record of more than $28 billion, a 19 percent increase from 2011-12.
Soybean Weekly Update - December 6, 2013 (12-5-2013) Illinois Reclaims Title of Top Soybean-Producing State - Illinois has regained the title of top soybean-producing state for the first time since 2003, according to USDA estimates. USDA's November Crop Production Report estimates Illinois farmers raised 460.6 million bushels of soybeans in 2013 on 9.4 million acres with an average yield of 49 bushels per acre.
Soybean Weekly Update - November 22, 2013 (11-22-2013) ISA Anniversary Celebration Continues at Illinois Commodity Conference -
ISA is Embracing the Past,and Envisioning the Future by celebrating its 50th anniversary and 100 years of Illinois soybean production at the Illinois Commodity Conference, Nov. 26, in Normal, Ill. The year-long celebration kicked off in August at the Farm Progress Show.
Soybean Weekly Update - November 15, 2013 (11-15-2013) USDA Estimates Illinois is Top Soybean Production State - As ISA celebrates 50 years of the organization's existence and 100 years of soybean production, Illinois has moved back into the number one state soybean production ranking. In USDA's December crop production report, the agency estimates Illinois farmers raised 460.6 million bushels of soybeans on 9.4 million acres with an average yield of 49 bushels per acre in 2013.
Soybean Weekly Update - November 8, 2013 (11-8-2013) Illinois Cuba Working Group attends Trade Event in Havana -
The Illinois Cuba Working Group (ICWG), which was established under a resolution passed in the Illinois General Assembly, participated in a conference trade event in Havana, Cuba, Nov. 4-7. ISA is part of the group of food and grain exporters joined under the ICWG umbrella.
Soybean Weekly Update - November 1, 2013 (11-1-2013) Ask Legislators to Support RFS Volumes for Biodiesel -
A draft proposal circulating in Washington, D.C. would set the biodiesel volume allowed under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for next year at 1.28 billion gallons. This would be a devastating blow to the U.S. biodiesel industry and to Illinois soybean farmers. Illinois is one of the top biodiesel producing states in the country.
Soybean Weekly Update - October 25, 2013 (10-25-2013) ISA is thankful the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3080 this week, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2013. The bill would speed up U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects and boost harbor maintenance funding. Included in the legislation is the Water Infrastructure Now Public-Private Partnership Act, introduced in March by Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk, who teamed up with U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos and Rodney Davis.
Soybean Weekly Update - October 18, 2013 (10-17-2013) Illinois soybean farmers are pleased with the appointment of U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, Taylorville, Ill., Republican, as one of 29 House farm bill conferees made official last weekend. In a press release issued by his office, Davis says, "Our farmers and our entire agriculture sector need the certainty that a long-term farm bill will bring them.
Soybean Weekly Update - October 11, 2013 (10-11-2013) Grants Available for Illinois Soybean Farm Sustainability Projects -
ISA encourages soybean farmers to apply for a competitive grant available to those who want to explore, through on-farm research, demonstration and education projects, sustainable solutions to production problems. Past grants have funded farmer research into pest and disease management, crop and livestock production, education and outreach, networking, quality of life, marketing, soil quality, energy and more.
Soybean Weekly Update - October 4, 2013 (10-3-2013) Soybean Farmers Critical of Farm Bill Extension Expiration
With this week's expiration of the one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill and the shutdown of the federal government, the American Soybean Association (ASA) lamented another failed opportunity on the part of Congress to provide soybean farmers with the certainty they need to remain competitive and plan for the future.