ISB Seeks Soybean Farmers Interested in USB Nomination

The Illinois Soybean Board (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.

ISA's B20 Club Receives National Recognition

The B20 Club, a partnership between the ISA checkoff program and the American Lung Association in Illinois, received the Industry Partnership Award at this week’s National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego.  The award recognizes the success of the B20 Club as a platform to showcase Illinois-based fleets using B20 biodiesel blends.  Accepting the award were ISA director Jeff Lynn and John DeRosa from the American Lung Association in Illinois.  See the news release for award details.

ISA Sponsors Pork Expo Contract Grower Seminars

The ISA checkoff program on Feb. 1 will sponsor two educational seminars for farmers interested in contract opportunities to raise pigs.  The sessions will be held during the 2017 Illinois Pork Expo at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, and will feature panels of pork integrators and ag lenders.  Because pigs eat 74 percent of the soybean meal fed in Illinois, these sessions promote growth of Illinois' main soybean meal market. Visit to register or get more details.

Winter in the City Connects Soybean Farmers and Consumers

Watch for Soy in the City on ISA’s Instagram account.  The ISA checkoff program is connecting Illinois farmers and their soybeans to the impact they have on Chicago.  Specifics include winter on the farm and in the city, from weather and food, to animal care and the many ways to find #SoyintheCity.

Register Today to Attend Effingham Soybean Summit

The Soybean Summits, funded in part by the ISA checkoff program, will be held Feb. 3 in Effingham at the Thelma Keller Convention Center and Feb. 16 at the Peoria Civic Center, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  These free events will update soybean farmers about the latest management techniques that can lead to higher soybean yields and greater profitability, while also protecting the environment through sustainable practices.  Full agendas for the Effingham Summit and the Peoria Summit are available.  Seating at each location is limited, so register online today at or call 888-826-4011. The registration deadline for Effingham is today and for Peoria is Feb. 2.

Farmers Invited to Attend Free Double-Crop Conference

If you grow wheat and double-crop soybeans and want to learn how to improve yield and profitability, attend the second annual double-crop conference in Mt. Vernon, Ill., Feb. 8.  Hosted by the ISA checkoff program and Illinois Wheat Association (IWA), the conference will bring together growers and industry to talk about challenges and solutions when double-cropping. The day-long meeting is free to ISA and IWA members, and includes lunch. Click here for the agenda and here to register.

ILSoyAdvisor to Host Webinars Next Week

The ISA checkoff program's ILSoyAdvisor will host a webinar, Jan. 24, from 10 a.m.-11 a.m.  Join Chris Kamienski, Monsanto technology development representative, and Lance Tarochione, Monsanto technical agronomist, to discuss the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System for soybeans.  Sign up here.  Another webinar will be held Jan. 25, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Fred Below, professor of crop sciences at the University of Illinois, will review “The Six Secrets of Soybean Success" and his supplemental nitrogen in soybeans research.  Sign up here.

ILSoyAdvisor February Webinar Features Pest Management

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) and sudden death syndrome (SDS) management will be covered in the IlSoyAdvisor webinar scheduled Feb. 22 from 10 a.m.-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 in integrated pest management is available. Sign up here.

Enlist Duo Receives Expanded Registration

Dow AgroSciences has received expanded Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration for Enlist Duo herbicide.  Once all necessary state registrations are received, growers in Illinois will have access to the technology for use in soybean and corn products that contain the Enlist trait.  Dow AgroSciences is prepared to launch Enlist corn and soybeans following pending import approvals.  Learn more here.

Crop Sciences Scholarship Applications Due Feb. 1

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 or contact Angel Terrell at 309-808-3600.

2017 See for Yourself Application Period Open

The 2017 See for Yourself application period is open through April 1.  The United Soybean Board is looking for applicants for this year's program.  Ideal candidates must be at least 18 years of age and relatively unfamiliar with the state and national soy checkoff programs, but eager to learn more.   Interested farmers can apply here.  Contact Jillian Baker with any questions at 314-746-1902.

ISG Members Invited to Annual Meeting

All Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) members are invited to attend the ISG Policy Session, Feb. 10, at the ISA office in Bloomington, from 8 a.m.–11 a.m.  The purpose is to allow ISG members and the ISG Board of Directors to review current American Soybean Association (ASA) resolutions for changes and amendments that will be presented at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas, in March.  The resolutions are available for viewing at by clicking on "Download 2016 ASA Resolutions" at the top of the home page.  You also may contact Judy Smith at 309-808-3612 and she will email you the file.  Also pursuant to Article 3, Section 3, of the ISG Bylaws, notice is hereby given that the annual meeting will be held Feb. 10 from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at the ISA office.  The purpose is to provide reports on association activities, approve the acts and deeds of the directors and staff, and to transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting.  ISG members are invited to lunch from 12 p.m.–1 p.m.  RSVP to Dustin Scott at 309-808-3603 by Feb. 1 if you plan to attend. 

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.

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 309-808-3612 or 888-826-4011 to join or renew.  Policy membership keeps farmers informed and involved with added discounts and benefits.  A one-year membership is $150 and a three-year membership is $300.  ISG informational members simply supply name and email address to receive the Soybean Weekly Update sent via email and the Illinois Field & Bean magazine.  

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