ISA Congratulates Two-Time 100-Bushel Yield Champion

For the third consecutive year, a participant in the ISA checkoff program Yield Challenge has exceeded 100 bushels per acre of harvested soybeans. Robert and Jason Lakey produced a 106.29-per-acre yield on their Champaign County 2.02 acre harvested plot in 2016. It is the second time the duo have achieved the independently verified 100-plus bushel-per-acre goal. In 2015, they won the 100-Bushel Challenge with 108.27 bushels of soybeans per acre. Yield Challenge winners and top achievers will be recognized in Peoria, Ill., Feb. 15, during an event held ahead of the Soybean Summit at the Peoria Civic Center, Feb. 16. Final winners will be made public soon and will be available on 

Find Your Nearest Biodiesel Supplier with New App

The BiodieselNow app from the National Biodiesel Board is now available for download on mobile devices. The app has a map feature that shows nearby biodiesel distributors. The name, address and phone number of the distributor, as well as the biodiesel blends available, pop up when the user taps on the location. The app also provides updates about the biodiesel industry.

Pork Power Donations Fight Hunger in Illinois with ISA Support

Regional food banks have been distributing more than 65,000 pounds of ground pork throughout the state of Illinois thanks to the 2016 Pork Power campaign. The ISA checkoff program and Illinois Corn Marketing Board join the Illinois Pork Producers Association annually to provide much-needed protein to food banks during the holiday season. Through the program, farmers help feed needy neighbors by donating pigs fed Illinois soybean meal and corn. Since launched in 2008, Pork Power has generated nearly 570,000 pounds of pork - enough for nearly 2.9 million meals - for families across Illinois. 

ILSoyAdvisor to Host Yield Webinar in January

The ISA checkoff program's ILSoyAdvisor will host a webinar, Jan. 25, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fred Below, professor of crop sciences at the University of Illinois, will review “The Six Secrets of Soybean Success," a concept for producing high-yield soybeans he evaluated from 2012 to 2016. Six Secrets demonstrates how farmers can put technologies together for increasing yields through intensive crop management. Below will review his supplemental nitrogen in soybeans research as well. One continuing education unit (CEU) in crop management is available. Sign up here.

Crop Sciences Scholarship Applications Due Feb. 1

Students entering their junior year of college in Illinois next fall and studying crop sciences or a related major are encouraged to apply for the ISA checkoff program crop sciences scholarship. The scholarship is offered each year in coordination with the Illinois Agricultural Association (IAA) Foundation, and is open to students studying at one of the state's four agriculture universities: Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, University of Illinois and Western Illinois University. For more information, visit or contact Angel Terrell at 309-808-3600 or

Nominate a CCA for Soybean Master Adviser Award

Do you know an experienced Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) who focuses on soybean management? Nominate him or her for the first Soybean Master Adviser award, presented by the ISA checkoff program. The award is part of ISA’s effort to recognize CCAs for their contribution to soybean production in Illinois. Any Illinois CCA whose certification is active and who is interested and involved in soybean management can be nominated. The award will be presented at the Soybean Summit in Peoria, Feb. 16. Nominees will be reviewed by a panel of ISA board members, Illinois CCA board members and university professionals. Nominations are open until Jan. 15. Visit to learn more and fill out the nomination. 

Help Turn up the Volume with ISGPAC

Illinois soybean farmers are invited to turn up the volume with the ISG 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 or contact Judy Smith at 309-808-3612 or

Consider New Membership Program Options

To bring farmers the most value possible, ISG now has two membership options: policy membership and informational membership. Membership in ASA is included with both options. Contact Judy Smith at, 309-808-3612 or 888-826-4011 to join or renew.
  • ISG Policy Member: Activate your power to join us in educating people about the facts and importance of American agriculture. Help us be the people that government officials stop and listen to in Springfield and Washington, D.C. Be a driving force for change. The more members we add, the louder our voice becomes. Our policy membership keeps you informed, gets you involved and gives you added discounts and benefits. A one-year membership is $150 and a three-year membership is $300. Benefits from ISG and ASA include the following:

    • Automatic enrollment and Acton Alert emails from ISG’s Voice for Soy Action Network

    • Invitations to legislative networking events

    • Opportunity to participate in the ISG Political Action Committee

    • Expanded policy representation/advocates in Springfield and Washington, D.C.

    • Discounts on new Ford, Chrysler and GM vehicles, Cabela’s gift cards and on any new DTN/The Progressive Farmer product or service agreement

    • Discounts on Commodity Classic registration and DTN/The Progressive Farmer Ag Summit registration (December in Chicago)

    • Complimentary subscriptions to three top soybean magazines:  Illinois Field & Bean, American Soybean and The Progressive Farmer

    • Email updates from the Soybean Weekly Update and eBean News

  • ISG Informational Member: if you just want to stay informed about the agriculture industry, simply supply your name and email address and you receive the Soybean Weekly Update sent via email and the Illinois Field & Bean magazine (eight times per year).  

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