Act Now: Ask EPA to increase RFS Volumes, Rewrite WOTUS

Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) urges farmers to submit comment letters to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on two important issues: establishing higher Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for biomass-based diesel for 2019 and rewriting the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Visit the Voice for Soy legislative action network to take action now, or come to lot #605 at Farm Progress Show next week to take action in person.  Thank you for making more voices heard.
 

See Double-Crop Demonstrations at Farm Progress Show

The ISA checkoff program, along with Syngenta, GROWMARK and Limagrain Genetics, is sponsoring double-crop demonstration plots at the 2017 Farm Progress Show next week in Decatur, Ill.  The plots, located in the southwest quadrant, location 2141, are designed to show the benefits of early wheat varieties, which provide a longer growing season for soybeans.  Estimates indicate a one-bushel-per-acre-per-day advantage for earlier soybean planting.  The demonstration plots also will highlight economic and environmental benefits to a double-crop system.
 

Meet ILSoyAdvisor at the Farm Progress Show

Visit the ILSoyAdvisor booth, sign up for the e-newsletter and even follow @ILSoyAdvisor on Twitter to walk away with a new t-shirt.  Check out ILSoyAdvisor.com on the interactive touchscreen and learn why information might just be your most important crop input.  Interested in testing new practices and comparing how they perform against other fields?  Looking to break yield barriers and push pods to full potential?  Talk with Mike Scheer about finding your edge with the ILSoyAdvisor Yield Challenge.
 

Did You See ISA’s New Online Look?

ISA this week launched the first phase of its updated website.  The new design and menu organization provides a more applicable and worthwhile online experience for users, so ISA can enhance its ability to be an important resource for key audiences.  Some of the content is still under construction, so stay tuned for more updates to ilsoy.org in the months ahead.
 

Illinois Soybean Farmers to Lead WISHH in 2017-18

American Soybean Association (ASA) President Ron Moore recently announced 19 soybean growers from across the nation to lead the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program in 2017-2018.  Several of those farmers are from Illinois, including Chairman Daryl Cates and Treasurer Stan Born, and returning committee members Thomas Kentner, Jeff Lynn, Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare and Bill Wykes.
 

Illinois Farm Families Helps with Seed to Spirit Farm Tour

Illinois Farm Families partnered with #Foodiechats, an online community of foodies, chefs, dietitians and other influencers, to create a "Seed to Spirit" farm tour experience.  The group toured Whiskey Acres in DeKalb, Ill., where farmers grow and distill grain into whiskey, vodka and bourbon, and learned many sustainability practices used on the farm.  #Foodiechats featured Illinois Farm Families and Whiskey Acres during their weekly Twitter chat that reached nearly 1.6 million people online.  About 350 people, including influential food industry members, participated in the #SeedToSpirit-themed chat.
 

Hog Barn Open House in McDonough County Sept. 1

An open house will be held Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for Scott Herdon’s new hog barn near Macomb, Ill, in McDonough County.  All are welcome to tour the 4,960-head wean-to-finish hog barn that features tunnel ventilation.  The farm is at 10577 E. 1800th Street, Macomb.  Attending these open houses supports the expansion of soy’s top customer, animal agriculture.  Hogs consume 74 percent of the soybean meal fed in Illinois.  For more information, contact Lindsey Henson or Laura Temple.
 

U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange Strengthens Export Relationships

ISA staff members participated in the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange in Omaha, Neb., last week.  More than 250 soy buyers from 58 countries attended the event, which was sponsored by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and the Midwest Shippers Association.  Through receptions, tour, sessions and trade show presence, the ISA team connected with current and potential soybean customers.
 

Good News in Biodiesel Import Cases

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has announced that the NBB Fair Trade Coalition won a preliminary countervailing duty determination from the U.S. Commerce Department regarding biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia.  The Commerce Department found the two countries provide subsidies to biodiesel producers in violation of international trade rules.  As a result, importers will be required to pay duties on biodiesel imported from Argentina and Indonesia.  These preliminary steps will help the U.S. biodiesel industry “compete on a level playing field,” says NBB.  Learn more from the news release.
 

ISA Provides Dicamba Resources

ISA continues to monitor for news and update the dicamba resources found here.  Any farmer who sees possible dicamba damage to crops should consider these steps:
  • Talk with the neighbor(s) who applied or contracted for the dicamba application(s).
  • If applicable, talk with the commercial applicator or product manufacturer.
  • If a yield loss is probable based on severity of symptoms, report a claim to your insurance company and ask the neighbor and/or the commercial applicator to do the same.
  • Contact the University of Illinois to assess type of drift on the field.  This bulletin provides details.
  • File a drift complaint with the Illinois Department of Agriculture.  Here’s how: 

Help Prove Illinois Farmers are Sustainability Leaders

Join ISA in completing this short checkoff-funded survey.  The results will help demonstrate how American soybean farmers continue to improve their economic, social and environmental stewardship practices.  The survey is confidential and takes just a few minutes to fill out.  By entering your email address, you will receive a report of the tabulated findings.
 

Soil Health Partnership to Host Illinois Field Day

The Soil Health Partnership will host a field day Sept. 8 at the Dave Olson Farm near Hoopeston, Ill., from 9-11:30 a.m.  The event is hosted by Dave Olson and ISA director Tom Kentner from Danville, Ill.  Topics include cover crop plots, cover crop fertilizer and population demonstrations, rainfall simulators and soil pits.  Register to attend at Soilhealthpartnership.org.
 

Register for the Illinois 4R Field Day

The Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association will host a 4R Field Day Sept. 12 in Tuscola, Ill.  Tour the NREC research site, hear presentations from experts, and learn more about preventing nutrient loss.   The event is free and will offer a free catered lunch.  For more information, see the flyer hereRegister by calling IFCA at 309-827-2774 or emailing Jean Payne at jeanp@ifca.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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