ISB Solicits Soybean Farmers for At-Large Director Positions

The Illinois Soybean Board (ISB) is making notice that applications are available for farmers interested in becoming candidates for at-large director positions.  Two of the six at-large terms expire July 31, 2017.  Interested farmers must notify the ISB of their desire to become a candidate by sending a letter of interest via certified mail with return receipt requested to ISA at 1605 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington, IL 61704.  The letter must be deposited in the U.S. mail with postage fully prepaid and postmarked no later than March 8.  Letters of interest may also be sent via email to terrella@ilsoy.org.  Same deadlines apply.  An application form will be mailed to all interested individuals upon receipt of a letter of interest. Completed applications must be returned to the same address above, and be postmarked no later than March 15.  Applications may also be sent via email to terrella@ilsoy.org.  Same deadlines apply.  Individuals will be nominated by a majority of the ISB sitting in a quorum at a board meeting held after the March application deadline.  Two of the nominated individuals will be elected by a majority of soybean farmers in attendance at the ISB meeting, July 27, in Champaign, Ill.  No write-in provision exists.  To be eligible to become a candidate, each person must be an affected soybean farmer residing in Illinois and of legal voting age.
 

ISB Seeks Soybean Farmers Interested in USB Nomination

ISB is looking for farmers interested in filling one of Illinois' four director positions with the United Soybean Board (USB).  Gary Berg, soybean farmer from St. Elmo, Ill., is eligible for another term.  Any soybean farmer who is affected by the soybean checkoff is eligible to serve.  To be considered for the national leadership position, farmers must complete the required application and "Agreement to Serve" statement and return them to the ISA office by Feb. 20.  ISB will submit to USDA a "first preferred choice nominee" and "first choice alternate nominee” for the open position.  The Secretary of Agriculture will make final appointments, and the chosen individual will begin serving a three-year term in December 2017.  Each individual appointed is eligible to serve a total of three terms.  Download the application and "Agreement to Serve" here or call 309-663-7692.
 

Roadway and Bridge Improvement Calculator Makes Planning Easy and Affordable

The ISA checkoff program is launching a new Roadway and Bridge Improvement Calculator, an online service intended to help local communities better plan road and bridge projects.  Simple, customizable and fast, the calculator will allow communities to save time and money during budgeting and planning stages so that more financial resources can be put toward the actual improvement of roads and bridges.  According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois has more than 146,000 miles of roads – the third highest number in the country.  More than 70 percent of those roads are rural and are crucial to moving Illinois soybeans.  A preview of the calculator currently is available here.  The complete service will be available March 1.  
 

2016 U.S. Pork Exports Set Records 

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) reports U.S. pork exports set a record of 2.55 million tons in 2016, eight percent above 2015 exports and two percent above the previous record set in 2012.  Pork exports to Mexico set a volume record for the fifth straight year, increasing two percent from last year.  The ISA checkoff program’s long-term investment in pork promotion in Mexico through USMEF contributes to this demand.  Pork exports to China/Hong Kong also set a volume record.  Exports account for more than 25 percent of U.S. pork production.  Because pork production consumes 74 percent of the soybean meal fed in Illinois, pork exports create local soybean meal demand.
 

Still Time to Register for Peoria Soybean Summit

The ILSoyAdvisor.com Soybean Summit, funded in part by the ISA checkoff program, will be held Feb. 16 at the Peoria Civic Center, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  The free event will update farmers about the latest management techniques that can lead to higher soybean yields and greater profitability, while also protecting the environment through sustainable practices.  Read theagenda and register online.
 

2017 Herbicide Classification Charts Available

The national soybean checkoff-funded Take Action program's most popular piece, the Herbicide Classification Chart, is updated for the 2017 crop year.  The chart is a great resource as farmers make weed management plans for the upcoming season.  Contact Amy Erlandson to request the item. 
 

Illinois NREC and SIUC Host Nutrient Management Forum

The Illlinois Nutrient Research & Education Council and Southern Illinois University Carbondale will host a nutrient management forum March 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Farmers may listen and talk with Randy Dunn, SIU president; Brad Colwell, interim chancellor; Mickey Latour, dean of the College of Ag Science; Illinois NREC staff and others as they discuss nutrient management concerns and project updates from SIUC and University of Illinois researchers.  The $15 fee includes lunch.  Register here.
 

Weed Scientists to Host Herbicide Resistance Listening Session

Weed scientists Jeff Gunsolus, University of Minnesota; and Christy Sprague, Michigan State University; are working on behalf of the Weed Science Society of America to convene a herbicide resistance management listening session during Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.  The session will be moderated by professional facilitators.  The primary objective is for the scientists to listen to farmers and others talk about herbicide resistance management challenges and to explore solutions.  The session will be held March 4 beginning with lunch at noon and ending around 5 p.m.  To reserve a seat, contact Sprague at 517-353-0224; or Gunsolus at 612-625-8130 by Feb. 15.  Learn more here
 

National Biodiesel Board Names New COO 

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) this week named Doug Whitehead as its chief operating officer (COO).  Whitehead has worked for NBB for 10 years, most recently as director of operations and membership.  He is part of the NBB team committed to growing the market for America’s advanced biofuel.  Read the full press release here.
 

Participate in Cover Crop Economics Survey

Cover crops improve soil health and clean water, but do you ever wonder what they do for the bottom line?  While many scientific studies have been done to quantify environmental benefits of cover crops, the same research does not exist regarding the economic benefits.  With funding from USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa State University are trying to fill the gap.  If you have used cover crops please take the online survey to quantify the economic return of your cover crops investment by Feb. 15.
 

ILSoyAdvisor February Webinar Features Pest Management

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) and sudden death syndrome (SDS) management will be covered in the ILSoyAdvisor webinar Feb. 22 from 10-11 a.m.  Jason Bond, plant pathologist at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and Nick Tinsley, SeedGrowth technical representative at Bayer CropScience, will review the environment these pests require, symptoms and impact on yield, conventional management practices and the beneficial impact of today’s new seed and seed treatments.  One continuing education unit (CEU) in integrated pest management is available. Sign up here.
 

Two ILSoyAdvisor Webinars Coming in March

ILSoyAdvisor will host two webinars in March, funded by the ISA checkoff program.  On March 8 from 10-11 a.m., Mark Apelt, regional product specialist at Beck’s Hybrids, and Mike Hannewald, precision farming field advisor at Beck’s Hybrids, will explore how to select appropriate planting populations and varieties for different zones across a field.  One CEU in crop management is available. Sign up here.  On March 22 from 10-11 a.m., Warren Dick from The Ohio State University will discuss what gypsum is, its benefits to soil, sources of gypsum, how it can be applied and how often, and how it helps traps phosphate in the field.  One CEU in soil and water management is available. Sign up here.
 

Consider 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 for more details and to join or renew.  
 

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