ISG Frustrated After U.S. Senate Fails to Pass GMO Labeling Bill

Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is extremely disappointed the U.S. Senate failed to pass S. 2609, a bill that would have established national voluntary GMO labeling standards.  S. 2609 would have instructed USDA to establish a set of standards within two years for labeling foods that contain or may contain GMOs.  The bill also would have directed USDA to conduct an outreach and education campaign about the safety of bioengineered food.  ISG Chairman Daryl Cates noted, “We thank Sen. Mark Kirk for voting in favor of S. 2609, and we urge the Senate to find a solution to this critical issue.  We need a national standard before the Vermont law creates confusion for consumers and reduces choices for farmers.”
 

ISA Launches Transportation: Finding A Way Campaign

ISA’s transportation team recently launched the Finding a Way campaign, an effort to bring awareness to three issues affecting Illinois soybean producers: truck weight limits, rural infrastructure funding and alternate financing for locks and dams.  Checkoff funds are being invested to develop innovative solutions in each of these areas.  Click here for more information or ways to collaborate with ISA on this work. 
 

ISA B20 Club Announces New Sponsorship

ISA’s B20 Club is proud to announce its diamond-level sponsorship of the Chicago Area Clean Cities coalition (CACC).  The sponsorship allows the two organizations to work closely together on promoting increased use of biodiesel among fleet operators in a six-county Chicago region.  Biodiesel is an efficient, high-quality and reliable fuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent when compared to petroleum diesel.  The B20 Club is a joint program of ISA and American Lung Association in Illinois. Learn more at www.B20Club.org.
 

Global Pork and Poultry Demand Remains Strong

Global demand for lean pork, chicken and turkey remains strong.  The ISA checkoff program supports U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) projects to promote U.S. products to fulfill that demand.  Pork and poultry export trends from 2008 to 2015 show that many countries with ISA-funded projects are buying more U.S. pork, despite overall pork export declines.  And although the 2015 bird flu outbreak in the U.S. caused significant decreases in poultry exports, work is underway to regain those markets.  Pigs and poultry eat 87 percent of the soybean meal fed in Illinois, and increasing their market boosts the soybean meal market.
 

Illinois CBMP Spring Newsletter Available

The spring letter for the Illinois CBMP is available here.  The newsletter includes articles about soil testing, water sampling, 4R nitrogen management, planning for cover crops and other pertinent topics.  To learn more about the Illinois CBMP, visit their website.
 

Phosphorus Management Webinar Series Continues

The Illinois soybean checkoff program, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association and Illinois Certified Crop Advisers are hosting a webinar series, “Rethinking Phosphorus Management.”  The webinars focus on phosphorus research and provide best management practices to manage phosphorus loss.  Tom Bruulsema, Ph.D., will host the next webinar, “Rethinking Phosphorous Management: Sustainable Thinking 4R Phosphorous,” March 22, noon to 1:00 p.m.  Register here.  Antonio Mallarino, Ph.D., will host the last webinar, “Rethinking Phosphorous Management: Fertilizer Management Practices to Reduce the Loss of Dissolved and Sediment-Bound P from Iowa Fields,” March 29, noon to 1:00 p.m.  Click here to register.  One continuing education unit (CEU) in nutrient management is available for each webinar.
 

Upcoming ILSoyAdvisor.com Webinar: Boron Nutrition for Soybeans

Nathan Slaton, Ph.D., University of Arkansas professor of soil fertility, will discuss important information for applying boron on soybeans, March 29 from 10 – 11 a.m.  One CEU in nutrient management is available for viewing this webinar.  Click here to register.
 

University of Illinois Seeks Farmer Input for Soybean Research

A new multi-state research project funded by the North Central Soybean Research Program has been initiated to investigate the effects of weather, soils and management on soybean yields.  The University of Illinois is looking for basic information on at least 500 Illinois soybean fields for crop years 2014 through 2017.  The data will go into a large database to look at how management affects yields in a given soil type and with a certain weather pattern.  Producers will be asked to fill in information for up to four soybean fields on a simple form.  No detailed records are required.  Most farmers will be able to record information for a field in 5-10 minutes.  Farmers who want to participate can fill out the forms posted athttp://bit.ly/1oN3RBB or contact Emerson Nafziger at ednaf@illinois.edu.
 

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