ISA Wins Governor’s Export Award for Agriculture

ISA was named the 2016 Agricultural Business Exporter Award winner this week, presented by Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Office of Trade and Investment.  The award is given for outstanding export achievement in the field of ag products, services and technology.  The award was voted on by a panel of experts and presented at the Union League of Chicago.  The Agricultural Business Exporter Award is one of several awards honoring export leaders in Illinois.  Other awards include: Exporter of the Year, New Exporter, Service Exporter and Export Awareness and Development.  ISA previously won the export award for agriculture in 2011.
 

Tuna Feed Research Uncovers New Soybean Market Potential

ISA directors and staff this week observed research feeding trials of ranched tuna in Ensenada, Mexico, using a soy-based formulation to improve sustainability.  The research, funded by the ISA checkoff program, fills a gap in alternative protein research for tuna.  The ISA team observed feeding to see tuna acceptance of the new feed formulation, learned about results from previous trials in Spain and Panama, and participated in filming a video to highlight the work.  Replacing fishmeal and oil with soy products improves the long-term sustainability of aquaculture and increases soybean demand from this fast-growing industry.  Commercial feeding trials can be developed based on the results of the current research, with the potential to create more sustainable rations for tuna and a new market for soybeans.
 

Illinois Farmer Elected ASA President

Ron Moore, farmer from Roseville, Ill., and past ISA chairman, was elected as president of the American Soybean Association (ASA) this week.  Moore previously held vice-chair and secretary positions on the ASA board.  
 

Make Your Voice Heard: Follow @VoiceForSoy on Twitter

Legislators don’t want to hear your perspective from someone else – they need to hear it from you.  One important way to make your voice heard is through social media sites like Twitter.  That’s why Voice for Soy is launching a new advocacy Twitter handle, @VoiceForSoy.  Follow us for updates and actions on the key legislative issues impacting Illinois soybean farmers.
 

Final Election Results on Voice for Soy

The elections are over, and changes are coming to the White House, Congress and the General Assembly.  Check the official election results on the Voice for Soy 2016 Election Guide for an overview of all the final outcomes.  And join Voice for Soy to stay up to date on issues that affect you.
 

Illinois Farmers Embrace NLRS Implementation

A recent survey by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) shows Illinois farmers continue to embrace Best Management Practices (BMPs) tied to the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS).  The survey showed the majority of Illinois corn acres follow the recommended MRTN (Maximum Return to Nitrogen) application guidelines.  More than half of farmers are knowledgeable or very knowledgeable about the aspects of the 4R Strategy -- Right Source, Right Rate, Right Place and Right Time.  In addition, Illinois farmers have more than doubled use of cover crops in the last five years to nearly half a million acres.  More information about the survey results can be found here.
 

Farmers can Benefit from Biodiesel Year-Round

Farm equipment and other vehicles can use biodiesel year-round, even as outdoor temperatures drop below freezing.  To ensure that vehicles using biodiesel run smoothly in cold weather, use high-quality biodiesel that meets the national standard and use cold weather additives.  Learn more about using biodiesel throughout the winter here.
 

2016 SDS Commercial Variety Test Results Available

This past growing season, Southern Illinois University, Iowa State University and the University of Illinois evaluated more than 580 soybean varieties from 22 seed companies in United Soybean Board (USB)-sponsored sudden death syndrome (SDS) variety trials.here.
 

University of Illinois Schedules Farm Economic Summits

University of Illinois Extension staff and Farmdoc team members 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, ag credit conditions, long-term weather and yield trends at its farm economic summits next week.  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.  To register, click here.
 

ILSoyAdvisor to Host Two Upcoming Webinars

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 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 CEU in crop management is available. Sign up here.
 

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.  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 www.iaafoundation.org/Scholarships or contact Angel Terrell at 309-808-3600.
 

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 smithj@ilsoy.org.
 

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 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 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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