Chinese Soybean Buyers Visit Illinois

The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) brought a trade team of soybean buyers from China to Illinois this week.  ISA hosted the group for three days, visiting a soybean farm, the Farm Progress Show and the ISA office in Bloomington.  The visitors learned about this year’s soybean crop, Illinois farming practices, how farmers use inputs and current market fundamentals.
 

ISA Supports New Illinois Barns and Growing Soybean Meal Market

Since September 2016, Illinois farmers and integrators have filed plans to build or expand 115 livestock barns.  ISA directors and Soy Ambassadors have attended several open houses, and the ISA checkoff program has recognized in local papers farmers opening new barns.  Animal agriculture directly impacts local soybean meal demand.  The additional livestock and poultry in those barns have the potential to increase soybean meal beyond the 875,000 tons currently consumed annually.
 

Soy in the City Interacts with Urban Constituents

As a part of the Soy in the City initiative, the ISA checkoff program works with legislators to identify ways to share how a small bean can have a big impact in their districts.  Last week, ISA vice chairman Doug Schroeder spent time with State Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey) at the Thornton Township Food and General Assistance Center and Thornton Township High School.  ISA contributed ground pork that the senator and Schroeder handed out to community members at the assistance center and at the school.  Schroeder also shared soil health information with students tending the urban farm.
 
Additionally, Soy in the City reconnected with State Senator Bill Cunningham (D-Chicago) to support Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) students who are growing plots of GMO and non-GMO soybeans.  This follows last year’s contribution of soy candle supplies.  Students make and sell candles to support ag programming.  Follow @ilsoy on Instagram or search #SoyintheCity to see more.
 

Students Head Back to School with Biodiesel

As kids head back to school, it’s a good time to remember that school bus fleets are among the largest users of diesel fuel – and a large market for biodiesel.  School buses transport more than 24 million U.S. children to and from school each day.  Fueling those buses with biodiesel reduces pollution that causes asthma and other health problems in children.  Cook-Illinois Corporation, a B20 Club member, uses B20 biodiesel to fuel its school bus fleets in the Chicago area.  Learn more about the benefits of biodiesel fuel for school buses – and ask your local school district to consider B20.
 

Help Prove Illinois Farmers are Sustainability Leaders

Join ISA in completing this short checkoff-funded survey.  The results will help demonstrate how American soybean farmers continue to improve their economic, social and environmental stewardship practices.  The survey is confidential and takes just a few minutes to fill out.  By entering your email address, you will receive a report of the tabulated findings.
 

Soil Health Partnership to Host Illinois Field Day

The Soil Health Partnership will host a field day Sept. 8 at the Dave Olson Farm near Hoopeston, Ill., from 9-11:30 a.m.  The event is hosted by Dave Olson and ISA director Tom Kentner from Danville, Ill.  Topics include cover crop plots, cover crop fertilizer and population demonstrations, rainfall simulators and soil pits.  Register to attend at Soilhealthpartnership.org.
 

Register for the Illinois 4R Field Day

The Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association will host a 4R Field Day Sept. 12 in Tuscola, Ill.  Tour the NREC research site, hear presentations from experts, and learn more about preventing nutrient loss.   The event is free and will offer a free catered lunch.  For more information, see the flyer hereRegister by calling IFCA at 309-827-2774 or emailing Jean Payne at jeanp@ifca.com
 

ISA Provides Dicamba Resources

ISA continues to monitor for news and update the dicamba resources found here.  Any farmer who sees possible dicamba damage to crops should consider these steps:
  • Talk with the neighbor(s) who applied or contracted for the dicamba application(s).
  • If applicable, talk with the commercial applicator or product manufacturer.
  • If a yield loss is probable based on severity of symptoms, report a claim to your insurance company and ask the neighbor and/or the commercial applicator to do the same.
  • Contact the University of Illinois to assess type of drift on the field.  This bulletin provides details.
  • File a drift complaint with the Illinois Department of Agriculture.  Here’s how: 

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 the ISG office at 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.
 

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