New ISA Chicago Office Hosts Open House

On Wednesday, the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) celebrated its expansion to Chicago with a new office located at 190 S. LaSalle St. Industry partners, contractors, elected officials, business leaders, media and many others joined ISA in celebrating the new space during an open house. ISA CEO Craig Ratajczyk and Chairman Daryl Cates discussed ISA’s goals in Chicago as well as the economic impact soybeans have on Chicago and Illinois. Attendees enjoyed refreshments, a beautiful top-floor view of the city and tours of the new office space.

Celebrate Red, White, Blue and Green with American-Made Biodiesel

Independence Day is all about celebrating American pride, a foundation of the agriculture industry. One way to celebrate the Fourth of July is to fuel your diesel vehicles with America’s Advanced Biofuel – biodiesel. According to a new National Biodiesel Board release, American-made biodiesel powers fleets across the country and supports more than 64,000 jobs throughout the supply chain. Biodiesel is the first commercial-scale fuel to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) definition of an advanced biofuel, meaning the EPA has determined that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent compared to petroleum diesel. Biodiesel is a growing market for soybean oil. In 2016, over 2 billion gallons of biodiesel were used to fuel America’s vehicles, helping lower greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 60 percent.

Hancock County Beef Barn Open House on July 7

Carthage-area farmer Ashton Gronewold will open his new deep-pack monoslope cow-calf barn to the public on Friday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees will be able to tour the barn designed to improve cattle comfort and enjoy a free ribeye sandwich meal. The open house will be at 2090 E. County Road 1600, Carthage, northeast of town. Events like this, coordinated by the Illinois Livestock Development Group (ILDG), support growth for animal agriculture, our top soybean customer. For more information or directions, contact Lindsey Henson or Laura Temple.

Managing the 2017 Soybean Crop: New Podcast on In-Season Management

CCA Soy Envoy Dawn Kielsmeier talks late-planted soybeans and how to best manage this year’s crop for a successful growing season in this podcast on in-season management. Kielsmeier estimates that 70 percent of soybeans in her growing area were planted later than normal. Combined with the unusual spring weather conditions, many fields are showing uneven emergence and growth stages. Listen to the crop report and management advice.

Register Today for ILSoyAdvisor Summer Field Days

The ISA ILSoyAdvisor program will host two Field Days in July to connect local growers with soybean experts. Farmers can attend either 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. Events kick off with a light breakfast and check-in at 7:45 a.m., with presentations from 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. The day includes lunch and refreshments. Attending CCAs can earn up to four CEU credits. Check out registration and details.

ISA Director Joins USAPEEC Executive Board

ISA director Gary Berg from St. Elmo, Ill., became the first crop commodity representative elected to the U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) Executive Board during their annual meeting earlier this month, after a change to the association bylaws. Berg will represent Illinois and soybean farmer interests in exporting U.S. chicken, turkey and eggs. Poultry eats more than half the soybean meal produced in the U.S., so growing their global markets translates to local soybean demand. The meeting provided updates on trade and export opportunities around the world.

American Soybean Association Seeks Advocacy Communications Team Members

The American Soybean Association (ASA) will continue the Advocacy Communications Team (ACT), a group of eight to 10 soybean growers from across the country serving as spokespersons and industry experts on key soybean issues. Ideal participants want to share their story, engage on social media and would benefit from intense communications and issues trainings. The ACT program provides additional tools and opportunities for “agvocates” in the soybean industry. ACT members will be asked to share positive messages about production practices, food and allied industries. They will also be positioned as subject matter experts on various issues for media interviews, social media and more. New team training will be held Sept. 6-8 in Raleigh, N.C. The initiative is sponsored by Bayer Crop Science. For more information, contact Chris Luelf with ASA.

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.

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