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 ILSoyAdvisor.com Soybean Summit in Peoria, Feb. 16.  The nomination form includes questions about the nominee's CCA number, address, employer and a few examples of their work and why they deserve the award.  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 ilsoy.org/master_adviser to learn more and fill out the nomination. 
 

Crop Sciences Scholarship Applications Now Available

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 http://www.iaafoundation.org/Scholarships or contact Angel Terrell at the ISA office at 309-808-3600.
 

Attend Beef Barn Open House in Pike County Dec. 10

The first deep-pit monoslope cow gestation barn built in Illinois will host an open house at its location between Griggsville and Pittsfield in Pike County on Dec. 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  JK Ranches, Jack and Jarrod Kirk and their families will welcome anyone to tour the 300-head barn, see the latest technology for cattle comfort and enjoy a free ribeye sandwich or hamburger.  The farm address is 42480 270th Ave., Griggsville.  Attending open houses like this, coordinated by the Illinois Livestock Development Group (ILDG), supports growth for animal agriculture, the state's top soybean customer.  For more information or directions, contact Lindsey Henson or Laura Temple.
 

Registration for 2017 Commodity Classic Opens Next Week

The 2017 Commodity Classic will be held March 2-4 in San Antonio, Texas.  Registration opens Dec 7, 2016.  Read more about the upcoming annual event here.
 

Chicago Midway Airport Shuttles Use B20 Year-Round

B20 biodiesel fuels shuttles at Midway International Airport in Chicago all 12 months of the year.  Cook-Illinois Corporation, a member of the B20 Club, operates the airport shuttles.  The B20 Club is an ISA checkoff program in partnership with the American Lung Association that recognizes Illinois-based fleets running on biodiesel blends of 20 percent or greater.  See a picture of a shuttle in action here.
 

University of Illinois Schedules Farm Economic Summits

University of Illinois Extension staff and members from the Farmdoc team will answer questions about the 2017 prices outlook, farm financial management in tough times, needed changes in farmland leases, updates on the farm program safety net, agricultural credit conditions, long-term weather and yield trends at its December farm economic summits.  Locations include Dec. 12, Champaign, iHotel and Conference Center; Dec. 13, DeKalb, Faranda’s Banquet Center; Dec. 14, Peoria, Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino; Dec. 15, Springfield, Crowne Plaza and Dec. 16, Mount Vernon, Holiday Inn.  For details and to register, click here.
 

World Soil Day Encourages Farmers to Dig into Soil Health

The Soil Health Partnership will commemorate World Soil Day, Dec. 5, by encouraging farmers to consider ways they can improve soil health.  The partnership has created an informative white board video for viewing, and a webinar is scheduled for 11 a.m. on that day.  Learn more about the webinar here.
 

NRCS Public Meetings to Lay Out Conservation Opportunities

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced changes for its Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and will host three public meetings in December to explain:
  • Dec. 6, 10 a.m. – noon; DeKalb County Farm Bureau Auditorium, Sycamore
  • Dec. 7, 10 a.m. – noon; Asmark Institute Training Building Agri Center D, Bloomington
  • Dec. 12, 10 a.m. – noon; Army Corps Visitors Center at Rend Lake, Benton
  • More information about CSP can be found here.
 

Webinar to Highlight Watershed BMP and Water Quality Success

The Indian Creek Watershed Project (ICWP) is an innovative approach to voluntary adoption of on-farm conservation systems.  The ISA checkoff program will host a webinar Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. to provide an overview of the project, as well as discussion of social indicators that helped make the project a success.  An analysis of greater best management practices (BMP) adoption that resulted in improved water quality also will be summarized.  One CEU in nutrient management is available. Sign up here.
 

ILSoyAdvisor to Host Webinars in December and January

The ISA checkoff program's ILSoyAdvisor will host webinars in December and January.  The first will be held Dec. 14 from 10 to 11 a.m.  Emerson Nafziger, professor of crop sciences and Extension agronomist at the University of Illinois, will address “Lessons from the 2016 Soybean Season: Another Outstanding Crop.”  He’ll review how the crop fared and provide insights for 2017 planning. One continuing education unit (CEU) in crop management is available. Sign up here.  The January webinar is 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 which he evaluated in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 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 CEU in crop management is available. Sign up here.

 

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 online or contact Judy Smith at 309-808-3612 or smithj@ilsoy.org.
 

Consider New Membership Program Options

To bring farmers the most value possible, ISG now has two membership options: policy membership and regular membership.  Membership in ASA is included with both options.  Contact Judy Smith at smithj@ilsoy.org, 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 Regular 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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