ISA Elects Leaders to Execute New Strategic Plan

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs elected two new board members and re-istated its current executive committee for a second term at the board's annual meeting in Springfield, Ill. Daryl Cates, of Columbia, was re-elected as chairman. The rest of the re-instated exectuive committee includes Lynn Rohrscheib, Fairmount, as vice chairman; Stan Born, Dunlap, as treasurer; Doug Schroeder, Mahomet, as secretary; Jered Hooker, Clinton, as assistant sectretary-treasurer; John Longley, Aledo, as production and outreach committee chair; and John Hagenbuch, Utica, as marketing committee chair. New board members include James Martin, Pontiac, to represent District 6 and Rick Rubenacker, McLeansboro, to represent District 18. Jeff Lynn, Oakford and Lynn Rohrscheib, Fairmount, were re-elected to at-large positions. The board also elected American Soybean Association (ASA) representatives. Ron Moore, current ASA vice president from Roseville, was re-elected and is joined by Bill Raben of Ridgeway, Stan Born and Rob Shaffer of El Paso.

Animal Ag Tour Connects Local Influencers to the Farm 
ISA hosted a farm tour July 22 in Lincoln, Ill., led by pig farmer Thomas Titus, his family and ISA leaders.  Local officials and influencers from surrounding counties learned about the value of Illinois farming and how the ag industry connects to their decisions.  Attendees were given a firsthand view of a modern farm, with different tour stops focused on pig and soybean production, and how the two work together on Thomas’ farm.  They also learned ways soybeans are marketed and transported statewide.
 

Soybean Production Area does not Affect Phosphorus Digestibility in Pigs

Research at the University of Illinois is helping to determine the effect of growing conditions on the nutritional value of soybean meal.  Scientists recently found phosphorus digestibility is the same in meal from soybeans grown in various regions in the United States.  Studies show no statistically significant differences in concentrations of phosphorus, or in the percentage of phosphorus bound to phytate, among soybean meal from different regions.  There also were no differences in apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD) or standardized total tract digestibility (STTD) among pigs fed soybean meal.  When microbial phytase was added to break down phytate, the ATTD and STTD of phosphorus for soybean meal from all areas increased by 24 and 22 percent.  Read more in the Journal of Animal Science.
 

Come to ILSoyAdvisor Field Days Next Week  

ILSoyAdvisor Field Days are next week, including events in Hinckley, Aug. 2; Seymour, Aug. 3; and Benton, Aug. 4.  Various soybean experts will provide local growing tips and practical, on-farm advice for achieving high-yielding soybeans.  Each field day is free, and lunch and refreshments are included.  Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) can earn continuing education units (CEUs) for attending.  Register here.
 

ISA Communications Team Receives 14 Industry Honors

The Illinois Soybean Association communications team was the recipient of 14 honors from the American Agricultural Editors Association annual awards ceremony this week.  Awards included 5 first-place, 5 second-place and 4 third-place awards for both checkoff and non-checkoff work in the areas of magazine design, various writing categories, special projects, media kits and digital and social media. 
 

Illinois Senators Sign Letter to Strengthen Biodiesel Volume

Both U.S. senators from Illinois signed a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling for the EPA to strengthen biodiesel volumes in the pending Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) proposal.  The senators emphasized that biodiesel and renewable diesel are leading the way in delivering Advanced Biofuels, and the letter urged the EPA to do more to encourage their growth.
 

Apply Now for Illinois Soybean Leadership Opportunities

Potential soybean leaders are encouraged to apply for the next class of ISA's Soy Ambassador Leadership Program, which is sponsored by the ISA checkoff and membership programs.  The program gives participants opportunities to gain leadership expertise, industry exposure and a global perspective as they prepare for future leadership roles.  During a two-year time period, Soy Ambassadors will discover the opportunities and challenges facing the soybean industry through participation in key soybean events, by traveling internationally, working with legislators to promote agriculture priorities and discuss key issues and more.  To apply for one of 10 positions, visit this website and apply online before Aug. 1, 2016.  Applicants must reside in Illinois and have a vested interest in the soybean production industry.  
 
In addition, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and DuPont are seeking applicants for the 2016-17 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program.  For more than 30 years, the program has identified and developed grower leaders who continue to shape the future of agriculture.  The ASA DuPont Young Leader program is a challenging and educational two-part training program.  Phase I takes place at the DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, Nov. 29–Dec. 2, 2016.  The program continues Feb. 28–March 4, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.  Interested applicants should click here for additional details and to apply.
 

Upcoming Webinar: Strategies for Finishing out the Soybean Season

Mike Wilson, Soy CCA Envoy and specialty products marketing coordinator with Wabash Valley Service Company, will lead a webinar Aug. 10 from 10-11 a.m.  He will explain why managing soybeans through Labor Day can help increase yields, as well as profitability.  Register here.
 

Attend a Soil Health Field Day in August

The Soil Health Partnership is providing Illinois farmers several field days through September at locations around the state.  Upcoming dates include Aug. 8 in Altamont, Ill.; Aug. 15 in Hudson, Ill.; and Aug. 19 in Assumption, Ill.  Featured topics include cover crop management and machinery set-up, conservation tillage methods, advanced nutrient management, a soil pit to observe crop root growth and soil properties, and an update on water quality.  More information, dates and registration details are here.
 

Organizations Seek Conservation Legacy Award Nominees

Farmers who want to share their successful conservation management practices are eligible to apply for the Conservation Legacy Award.  Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input management, farmstead protection and conservation and environmental management.  Three regional winners and one national winner are selected.  Award winners receive an expense paid trip for two to Commodity Classic, March 2-4, 2017, in San Antonio, a feature about the farm and conservation practices in Corn & Soybean Digest and a special online video.  The Conservation Legacy Award is sponsored by the American Soybean Association, BASF, Corn & Soybean Digest, Monsanto, United Soybean Board/soybean checkoff and Valent.  More information is available here.  Applications are due Sept. 2, 2016.
 

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