Happy holidays and best wishes for a new year!  ISA will not produce a December 29 update.  The next update will be distributed January 5, 2018.


Three B20 Club Members Named as Top Green Fleets in 2017

The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition has announced its Green Fleet Leadership Award winners for 2017 and three of the leaders in the adoption of alternative fuels for their fleets are ISA B20 Club members. Commonwealth Edison, the City of Elmhurst and Forest Preserve of DuPage County all run their fleets on biodiesel blends of 20 percent or more for at least six months of the year. These companies were recognized along with eight other companies for their work in environmental sustainability with their fuel practices. Read the release and more about each company’s work here.


Start 2018 with Strategies Learned at ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit

The 2018 ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit will provide tips to build bigger yields and better profits. The event will be held Jan. 11 at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre in Springfield. Farmer will learn about the latest technologies and management to shatter soybean yield barriers, including boron use, a risk management and commodity outlook, and habits of financially resilient farmers. Certified Crop Advisers may earn up to seven hours of CEUs for individual breakout sessions. Attendance is free and includes complimentary breakfast and lunch. View the agenda and register online or by calling 888-826-4011.

Applications Open for New Soybean Leadership Program

For the past eight years, the United Soybean Board’s (USB) See for Yourself program has helped evaluate checkoff programs and develop leaders. Now, USB is focused on identifying and developing leaders through its new USB Leadership Program. Up to nine U.S. soybean farmers will be selected to participate in this educational, three-part leadership program in 2018. The program will begin Jan. 29-30 with a two-day training at USB’s office in Chesterfield, Mo. The program will continue throughout the year, and wrap up with a multi-day tour of USB’s most innovative, domestic programs, while learning about USB’s international markets and how they accomplish the board’s goals and objectives. If you know someone interested in participating, please have them fill out the nomination form by Jan. 2, or visit USB Leadership Program. If you have questions, contact Jillian Baker at 314-746-1902.

ISG Schedules Annual Policy Session and Meeting

Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) members are invited to attend the ISG Policy Session Feb. 8, 2018, at the ISA office in Bloomington from 8 a.m.–11 a.m.  The purpose of the session is to allow ISG members and the board to review current ASA Resolutions for changes and amendments that will be presented at Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 27- March 1.  The resolutions are available to view here or you may contact Andrew Larson at 309-808-3612 and he will email the file. The ISG annual meeting will be held following the resolutions. The purpose is to provide reports on association activities, approve the acts and deeds of directors and staff, and to transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting. Contact Dustin Scott at 309-808-3603 by Feb. 1, if you plan to attend. 

ISA Supports Fight against Hunger with Pork Power  

Illinois’ regional food banks have been distributing more than 60,000 pounds of ground pork, courtesy of Pork Power 2017, during the holiday season. The ISA checkoff program and Illinois Corn Marketing Board join the Illinois Pork Producers Association annually to provide much-needed protein to food banks. Through this program, farmers help feed their needy neighbors by donating pigs fed Illinois soybean meal and corn. Since it was launched in 2008, Pork Power has donated more than 620,000 pounds of pork, more than 2.4 million servings, to Illinois families. 

ISA Crop Sciences Scholarship Applications Available

ISA’s crop sciences scholarship applications are now available through the IAA Foundation. A listing of the eligibility guidelines and application documents are available at www.iaafoundation.org. Completed applications must be submitted online by Feb. 1, 2018. For more information, contact the IAA Foundation at 309-557-2230, or email Jessie Denny or Angel Terrell.

Better Beans Series Offers Local Management Solutions 

The ISA checkoff program will offer local agronomic solutions to issues on your farm during a series of half-day winter meetings. ILSoyAdvisor will bring the latest management research and advice to: Jan. 30, Polo; Jan. 31, Mendota; Feb. 1, Jacksonville; Feb. 6, Altamont; and Feb. 22, Fairview Heights. CCAs can earn up to four CEU credits for attending this event. Registration is now open here.

Winter Webinar Series Offers Valuable Soybean Management Tips

ILSoyAdvisor is offering a series of virtual learning experiences this winter. First up is the Habits of Financially Resilient Farmers, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. Join Gary Schnitkey, Ph.D., from the University of Illinois, as he explains the seven habits of financially resilient farmers. He also will discuss the importance of monitoring cash flow and assessing risk management. One CEU in professional development management is available. Register here. Coming in February is What We’ve Learned from Nitrogen-on-Beans Research, Feb. 21, at 10:30 a.m. Tim Smith from Cropsmith and Fred Below, Ph.D., from the University of Illinois, will discuss their research on applying nitrogen on soybeans, when it makes sense to use it, the optimal timing and application rates and what role soil plays in providing additional nitrogen. One CEU in nutrient management is available. Register here.

Social Media Updates: Create Longer Posts, Follow Hashtags

Do you use social media to connect and share your world? Two new updates may help you. Twitter doubled the number of characters to 280, allowing for longer posts. On Instagram, you can follow hashtags the same way you follow people. For instance, follow #SoyintheCity to see in your Instagram feed what ISA is doing in Chicago and beyond.

New Video Features Edge-of-Field Options for Reducing Nutrient Loss

Wondering how bioreactors, wetlands, and buffers can help farmers and the environment? A new video released from the Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council (NREC) features edge-of-field options for farmers to utilize in their nutrient reduction strategies. NREC shows a quick overview of the implementation, use and strategy behind each of nutrient management tool. Watch the full video here.

Register Now for Local Dicamba Training Sessions 

Anyone who purchases or applies any dicamba product in 2018 must be licensed by the State of Illinois as either a private or commercial applicator. Various groups and companies are hosting application training sessions across the state. All farmers and applicators are encouraged to sign up for training as soon as possible.  For specific dates, locations and costs, click here.

Farmer Profitability Roadshow Coming in February

Through price swings, weather concerns and everything else farmers face, some farmers achieve better profits than average. How do they do it? Join ISA, University of Illinois professor Gary Schnitkey, FBFM and other financial experts for a “Resilient Farmer Roadshow—Building Habits to Be a Successful Risk Manager.” Coming mid-February to Dekalb, Galesburg, Bloomington, Altamont and Mt. Vernon, click here for more information and registration details.

Contribute to Farmer Research

Researchers from Purdue University and Illinois State University are conducting a study on the personality traits of U.S. farmers, and input is needed for successful data collection. The online questionnaire takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Please follow this link to take the survey.

Help Lead Soybean Industry with the ISA Board

ISA will have five director positions open when the current fiscal year ends Aug. 31, 2018. The process for district director elections officially begins in April 2018. Districts with openings are District 10, representing Christian, Dewitt, Macon, Moultrie and Shelby counties; District 16, representing Clay, Edwards, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne and White counties; and District 17, representing Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph and Washington counties. The process for at-large director elections officially begins in February 2018. Two nominees from the application pool will be elected by a majority of soybean farmers in attendance at the annual meeting, Aug. 1, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. No write-in provision exists for at-large directors. For more information, contact Angel Terrell.

Do You Belong to the Illinois Soybean Growers?

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. 

Farmers Invited to Join 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.

ILSoyAdvisor Tweet of the Week

In need of actionable recommendations to boost your yields in 2018? Start the year off by attending the #SoybeanSummit in Springfield on Jan. 11: http://bit.ly/SoySummit18. Check out the tweet here. Start # Follow @ILSoyAdvisor on Twitter for more soybean updates daily.