Three Illinois Farmers Named to Help Lead USSEC

The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) recently announced its newly elected and appointed members to the organization’s board of directors for 2018. Three Illinois soybean farmers were named to the board. Representing the Allied Sub-Class is Sharon Covert, Illinois soybean farmer from Tiskilwa. Newly appointed to represent the American Soybean Association is Stan Born, Lovington, and to represent the United Soybean Board is Doug Winter, Mill Shoals. Seating of the new board will take place Feb. 26 during the USSEC Annual Board Meeting in Anaheim, Calif.
 

Better Beans Series Wraps Up in Southern Illinois  

The Better Beans series will be in Fairview Heights, Feb. 22, for the last stop on its winter tour, after stopping at four other locations around Illinois. If you are looking for focused, in-depth solutions for issues on southern Illinois ground, this event is a must-attend. Growers and influencers can interact and discuss local soybean management issues. See your soybean checkoff dollars at work. Preview the event and save your spot here.
 

Learn Profitability Tips During Next Week’s Roadshow

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.” Events will be held Feb. 13 – Dekalb, Feb. 14 – Galesburg, Feb. 15 – Bloomington, Feb. 20 – Effingham, and Feb. 21 – Mt. Vernon. Click here for more information and registration details.
 

Catch National Biodiesel Conference Sessions Online

Don’t worry if you missed the 2018 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. All sessions are available online. Enlightening sessions include “Why Biodiesel is the Economic Engine that Delivers” and “Vehicle Technology Showcase.” The annual conference was held last month in Fort Worth, Texas. ISA checkoff program representatives and B20 Club members were in attendance.
 

ISA Participates in 2018 Illinois Pork Expo

The ISA checkoff program this week connected with current and potential livestock farmers and pork industry partners at the 2018 Illinois Pork Expo. Attendees learned about new technologies, expansion and improvement opportunities and more. Illinois ranks fourth in U.S. pork production, and the industry relies on soybean meal as a key feed ingredient. For highlights, contact Lindsey Henson.
 

Communicating Ag Innovation in a Way that Resonates

Agriculture is being asked to raise more food while reducing its impact. To meet these demands, innovation needs to lead. Ag is experiencing an innovation explosion, with more than 1,300 startups since 2016 and $17 billion in venture capital investments. Will ag have permission to use innovation to grow food? Not if we don’t do a better job communicating with consumers, warned speakers at the recent Trust in Food Symposium ISA attended. So, farmers should actively engage in food and farming conversations, and share how farming innovations are making food safe and more sustainable. In so doing, farmers position themselves as part of the solution rather than a source of the problem.
 

Foodie Partnerships Connect Food to Farmers

Illinois Farm Families recently partnered with Bobby Parrish, a Chicago food influencer and creator of FlavCity, a popular website for foodies. Parrish shares weekly recipes with nearly 500,000 people who follow him online. After touring Nick and Melissa Saathoff's farm in Manteno, Ill., Parrish shared a live recipe video featuring a farm-inspired steak dinner and snippets of information that he learned from Nick and Melissa. The video has been viewed more than 12,000 times, reaching 39,000 consumers.
 

Feb. 23 is Deadline for USB Nomination Applications

The Illinois Soybean Board (ISB) is looking for farmers interested in filling one of Illinois' four director positions with the United Soybean Board (USB). Lynn Rohrscheib, soybean farmer from Fairmount, Ill., is eligible for another term. Any soybean farmer affected by the soybean checkoff is eligible to serve. To be considered, farmers must complete the required application and "Agreement to Serve" statement and return them to ISA office by Feb. 23, 2018. The ISB Board of Directors will submit to USDA a "first preferred choice nominee" and "second preferred choice alternate" 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 2018. Each individual appointed is eligible to serve a total of three terms. Download the documents here or contact the ISA office for information at 309-663-7692.
 

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 is officially underway. 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.
 

All Dicamba Applicators Need to Attend Training

Based on an October ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), all private and commercial applicators of dicamba must be trained on proper application. Several training sessions are available throughout the state over the next several weeks. Each class will last approximately 90 minutes and participants will receive a certificate for recordkeeping purposes. More than 1,700 farmers have been trained in 17 classes to date and more events are added each week. Sign up to attend near you.
 

Winter Webinars Offer Valuable Soybean Management Tips

ILSoyAdvisor is offering a series of virtual learning experiences. Coming next month 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. Soil Health, Soil Respiration and Nutrient Cycling will take place Mar. 7 at 10 a.m. Will Brinton of Wood End Laboratories will explain the importance of various soil tests and how they relate to overall soil health and productivity. One CEU in soil and water management is available. Register here. The Role Cover Crops Play in Soil Health session is slated for Mar. 21 at 10 a.m. Learn about the benefits of cover crops from Scott Wohltman of La Crosse Seeds. Wohltman also will discuss how growers can integrate cover crops into their operation. One CEU in soil and water management is available. Register here.
 

Consider the Membership Options for 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. 
 

Join ISG’s Political Action Committee Today

Illinois soybean farmers are invited to join 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 issues that matter most to them. 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

“While they may be expensive, I like seed treatments and think you’ll see the ROI on that investment.”  #TerryWyciskalla #BetterBeans. Check out the tweet here. Follow @ILSoyAdvisor for daily updates.