Illinois Farmers Help Direct WISHH Program

Four Illinois farmers will serve on the American Soybean Association's (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program Committee in 2016-2017, including Chairman Daryl Cates, Columbia; and Treasurer Stan Born, Dunlap.  New WISHH member Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare, Nebo; joins returning members Jeff Lynn, Oakford; and Bill Wykes, Yorkville; on the committee, while Gary Berg, St. Elmo; is an outgoing committee member.  U.S. soybean leaders in Illinois and other states launched WISHH in the early 2000s as a way to create trade to developing countries where a growing middle class would have the buying power to purchase protein foods and feeds.  WISHH is focused on creating markets for soy where the need exists but the business does not.  For more information, click here.
 

ISA Farmer Leaders Connect with Syngenta

Several ISA directors recently had the opportunity to tour Syngenta’s state-of-the-art research facility near Clinton, Ill., their largest R&D operation in North America.  A $12 million expansion allows the company to bring innovations to market more quickly and reinforces Illinois as a hub for ag innovation. The facility tripled the size of their soybean growth rooms, facilitating as many as four crops per year.  In addition to seeing the latest technology and breeding priorities, attendees visited with Syngenta about their partnership and advice for Illinois farmers.  The biggest takeaway was diversity.  Farmers need to use multiple herbicide modes of action to control tough weeds, rotating them and implementing best management practices to protect weed resistance technologies.  Syngenta values their strong ISA partnership and programs, including Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) and ILSoyAdvisor Envoys.
 

ISA Checkoff-Supported Education Lifts Meat Exports

Through the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), the ISA checkoff program supports events, seminars and demonstrations that educate retail and foodservice buyers in key export markets about the value and quality of U.S. pork and beef.  This summer, USMEF efforts in Japan, China, Singapore and Mexico continue to encourage demand for U.S. meat.  For example, pork was highlighted at a trade development seminar in southwest China, and a beef promotion guidebook was developed for Japanese consumers.  These ISA investments drive pork and beef exports, which boost domestic soybean meal demand.  Hogs and cattle eat 86 percent of the soybean meal fed in Illinois.

 

ISA Donates Soy Candle Materials as Part of Soy in the City Initiative

The ISA checkoff program this week donated materials for Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences students to make more than 1,500 soy candles.  The candles, available in 10 different scents, will be sold at the school’s farmstand, allowing students to raise funds for educational programming.  ISA partnered with State Senator Bill Cunningham to make the donation.  The collaboration is part of the Soy in the City initiative designed to share with urban consumers how soybeans impact their daily lives.  Follow along with #SoyintheCity on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to see ways ISA is connecting with consumers.
 

ISA Reps Visit Indiana and Ohio Conservation Efforts

A group of ISA staff and directors toured conservation efforts in Indiana and Ohio, Aug. 24 to 26.  The trip included a boat tour of western Lake Erie, which is an area that has been negatively affected by algae blooms linked in part to nearby farms.  The group also was in meetings with researchers from Notre Dame and Purdue universities and with local farmers involved in conservation practices.
 

St. Louis Airport Switches to B20 for Ground Fleet

More than 1,300 vehicles and pieces of small equipment at Lambert St. Louis International Airport now run on biodiesel.  Fleet Manager Michael Bernich decided to make the switch to B20 because it is ideal for the climate year-round.  Bernich also has seen cost savings because the high lubricity of biodiesel has required less fuel pump replacements and fewer fuel injector cleanings.  Other fleets around the country have followed the St. Louis airport in switching to biodiesel as well.
 

Participate in Upcoming Soil Sampling Webinar

Andy Wycislo, Midwest region agronomist for Waypoint Analytical, will lead a webinar focusing on soil sampling, Aug. 30 from 10-11 a.m.  Register for the webinar here.
 

ISA Equips CCAs with Soybean Production Guides, Resources

ISA, with funding from the national soybean checkoff program, is providing Illinois CCAs with copies of Illinois Soybean Production Guide: Systematic Strategies to Increasing Yields.  ISA and the Illinois CCA Program have been collaborating for the last several years to help the state’s soybean farmers improve their management, promote better yields and increase profits.  In addition, a new tab has been added to ILSoyAdvisor.com that features archived webinars and articles from the Soy CCA Envoy team.  CCAs can access past webinars and receive self-study credits for viewing the webinars in a wide range of topics, from integrated pest management to soil and water management.  View the tab here.
 

Attend one of the Upcoming Soil Health Field Days

The Soil Health Partnership is providing Illinois farmers several field days through September at locations around the state.  Upcoming dates include Sept. 1 in Rutland, Ill.; Sept. 7 in Kirkland, Ill.; Sept. 8 in Trivoli, Ill.; and Sept. 9 in Hoopeston, Ill.  Featured topics include cover crop management and machinery set-up, conservation tillage methods, advanced nutrient management, a soil pit to observe crop root growth and soil properties, and an update on water quality.  More information and details are here.
 

Organizations Seek Conservation Legacy Award Nominees

Farmers who want to share their successful conservation management practices are eligible to apply for the Conservation Legacy Award.  Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input management, farmstead protection and conservation and environmental management.  Three regional winners and one national winner are selected.  Award winners receive an expense paid trip for two to Commodity Classic, March 2-4, 2017, in San Antonio, a feature about the farm and conservation practices in Corn & Soybean Digest and a special online video.  The Conservation Legacy Award is sponsored by the American Soybean Association, BASF, Corn & Soybean Digest, Monsanto, United Soybean Board/soybean checkoff and Valent.  More information is available here.  Applications are due Sept. 2, 2016.
 

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