ISA Board Sets Priorities to Drive Results for Soybean Farmers

Illinois Soybean Association board members passed a slate of new programs today to drive the organization forward. The goal of the Illinois Soybean Association is the utilization of 600 million bushels of soybeans by the year 2020. In the next fiscal year, which starts Sept. 1, ISA will focus more on one of its highest priorities- increasing demand for biodiesel in Illinois. Other priorities include promoting preference of Illinois soy for export markets, biodiesel and animal agriculture; helping farmers be profitable through business management, yield and sustainable production practices; building relationships through member, corporate, industry and advocacy efforts that positively impact Illinois soybean farmers; ensuring Illinois soybeans and soybean products reach their intended destination efficiently; and increasing effective, progressive leadership in the organization.


Effectively Manage Crops Following Extreme May and June Weather

By now, most farmers can relate to planting delays, replants or drought stress.  The past month has offered many environmental challenges for Illinois soybean farmers.  To stay on top of management, pay attention to herbicide interactions, stand establishment, and early growth when walking fields.  Here’s what to monitor.  ILSoyAdvisor.com has management tips throughout the growing season.  Need tips for diagnosing PPO damage?  Read this.  For tips on diagnosing soybean rots, don’t miss this.
 

Get More Agronomic Tips at July Field Days

ISA’s ILSoyAdvisor program will host two field days in July to connect local growers with soybean experts.  Farmers can attend the July 19 field day at Moore Farms in Roseville, Ill., or the July 20 event at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) Belleville Research Center in Belleville, Ill.  Agronomic experts from Burrus Hybrids, AgriGold, Syngenta, Western Illinois University and SIU will speak on topics critical to soybean success.  Both events run from 7:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Registration and details are here.
 

Biodiesel Myths Busted in New Fact Sheet

Some people may think biodiesel doesn’t perform as well as diesel, or that it doesn’t work in cold weather, or that it contributes to rising food prices.  The National Biodiesel Board is busting these and other myths with a new fact sheet containing a complete list of misconceptions about biodiesel.  Among the facts farmers and consumers may not know:  Biodiesel has the highest energy balance of any fuel, returning 5.5 units of energy for every unit of fossil energy needed to produce it.
 

Summer Means #SoyintheCity

From community gardens to Lake Michigan, soybeans are affecting all aspects of summer life in Chicago.  Follow along as the ISA checkoff program shows urban consumers the role soybeans play in their daily lives with Soy in the City on social media.  Followers can compare life in the city to what’s happening on Illinois soybean farms and make connections to soybean uses at iconic Chicago locations.  Check out #SoyintheCity from @ilsoybean on Instagram.
 

Register Today for Women Farmers and Landowners Workshop

Two water quality management workshops next week are specifically targeted to women farmers and landowners.  The first will be held June 27 in Saunemin, Ill., and the second will be held June 28 in Carlinville, Ill.  Both events run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free lunch and transportation provided.  Note that the registration deadline is today, June 23.  Register for the Saunemin event here and for the Carlinville event here.  More details are found on the registration pages.
 

Apply Now for ASA DuPont Young Leader Program

The American Soybean Association (ASA), DuPont Pioneer and DuPont Crop Protection are seeking applicants for the 2017-18 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program.  For more than 30 years, the program has identified and developed grower leaders to shape the agricultural industry.  The challenging and educational two-part training program includes an event at the DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, Nov. 28-30, 2017.  The program continues Feb. 25-28, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif., in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.  Soybean grower couples and individuals are encouraged to apply online here.  ASA, its 26 state affiliates, including the Grain Farmers of Ontario, and DuPont, will work together to identify top producers to represent their states.
 

Consider Membership Program Options

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 Judy Smith at 309-808-3612 or 888-826-4011 for more details and to join or renew. 
 

Become Involved: Participate in ISG’s Political Action Committee

Illinois soybean farmers are invited to participate in 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 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.
 

Tweet of the Week

Weird spring—wet and cool early, followed by hot and dry.  What diseases will prevail?  Find out from @skporter: Read more from @ILSoyAdvisor here: http://bit.ly/2rDqkTr.
 
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