Petitions Available for District Director Elections

Petitions are available for growers interested in running for open director positions with the Illinois Soybean Board (ISB).  Petitions can be obtained from the Illinois Department of Agriculture, local University of Illinois Extension offices and the ISB office.  Petitions must be filed by May 15, 2017.
Six Illinois districts will hold director elections this year:
District 1:      Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago
District 5:      Fulton, Knox, Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Tazewell
District 7:      Ford, Iroquois, Vermilion
District 9:      Cass, Logan, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Sangamon
District 12:    Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Pike, Scott
District 13:    Bond, Fayette, Marion, Montgomery
Due to the tenure provision, as specified in the soybean checkoff program, the director in District 13 (Gary Berg, St. Elmo, Ill.), is not eligible for re-election.  The directors presently serving in District 1 (Paul Rasmussen, Genoa, Ill.), District 5 (Stan Born, Dunlap, Ill.), District 7 (Tom Kentner, Danville, Ill.), District 9 (Carrie Winkelmann, Tallula, Ill.) and District 12 (Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare, Nebo, Ill.) are each eligible to serve another three-year term.

To be eligible to serve as a director, a candidate must be an Illinois resident and a resident grower of the district he or she seeks to represent, of legal voting age and be a contributor to the soybean checkoff. Petitions filed with the Illinois Director of Agriculture must contain signatures of at least 250 or five percent, whichever is less, of the qualified producers from the same given district in which the candidate is seeking office.  

Any person deciding to run as a wite-in candidate must also meet eligibility requirements, and submit a Declaration of Intent form to the Illinois Director of Agriculture no later than 5 p.m., June 30, 2017. Elections will be held at county extension offices in the discticts where vacancies exist on July 6, 2017.

ISA Supports Illinois Manure Calculator App Development

A new iPhone and Android app developed by Ted Funk, agricultural engineering consultant for the Illinois Pork Producers Association, automates the nutrient management planning worksheet Illinois livestock farmers use.  The app calculates manure application rates based on manure samples and field crop nutrient needs.  The ISA checkoff program helped fund the app’s development in support of top soybean meal customers, since hogs eat 74 percent of the soybean meal fed in Illinois.

WISHH Program Shares Success Statistics

The World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH), which is supported by the ISA checkoff program, shared with board members last week some of the statistics of success of the organization. For example, Sub-Saharan African feed and food markets are growing.  U.S. soybean and soybean meal exports to the region have increased at an average rate of 22 percent per year from 2011 to 2016, indicating slow, steady market growth and the impact of WISHH programs.  WISHH is hard at work in Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana, which accounted for 99 percent of U.S. soybean and soybean meal exports to sub-Saharan Africa in 2016.  WISHH leveraged Qualified State Soybean Board (QSSB) checkoff support to generate a FY17 budget of more than $7 million.  Every $1 in state checkoff funds allowed WISHH to leverage almost $6 in non-checkoff funds.  Learn more by clicking here.

Pork and Poultry Exports Benefit from ISA Investments

The ISA checkoff program partners with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and the U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) to meet global demand for high-quality protein with U.S. pork and poultry.  Pork and poultry exports from 2008 to 2016 show that countries with USMEF and USAPEEC projects funded by the ISA checkoff program are buying U.S. products.  Pork exports set records in many markets, and poultry exports continue to recover following the 2015 bird flu outbreak. Poultry and pork production consume 83 percent of U.S. soybean meal.

American Biodiesel has Far-Reaching Benefits

Biodiesel benefits farmers by creating a large market for soybeans.  The American biodiesel industry not only helps farmers, it creates many high-paying jobs.  Learn more from the National Biodiesel Board about the biodiesel industry and its importance to the American workforce here.

April Webinar to Evaluate Strategies to Increase Yields

AJ Woodyard, technical crop production specialist at BASF, will discuss management strategies for the 2017 soybean season during an ILSoyAdvisor webinar, April 4 from 10-11 a.m.  The presentation is based on research collected at the BASF Midwest Research Farm.  Woodyard will cover planting date, soybean population, maturity group, seed treatment, foliar fungicides and soybean fertility needs.  One CEU in crop management is available.  Sign up here.

Nominate Exceptional Growers for Recognition by Field to Market

Know an exceptional grower, who uses the Fieldprint Calculator and is worthy of recognition by the Field to Market organization?  The Farmer Spotlight program recognizes farmers committed to a journey of continuous improvement and sustainable outcomes for agriculture.  Nominate here by March 26. 

Consider Membership Program Options

To bring farmers the most value possible, Illinois Soybean Growers 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 for more details and to join or renew.  

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