A New Direction for the Illinois Soybean Growers - Policy Engagement

Beginning in October, the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) will focus more on policy issues affecting Illinois soybean producers to keep positive legislation in place and motivate leaders to ensure American agriculture remains strong. One of the core resources that make our country great is the ability to produce our own food and fuel. How do you keep Capitol Hill from impacting the income you use to support your family?
 
Becoming an ISG member is easy. To bring Illinois soybean growers the most value possible, we now have two membership options. Membership in the American Soybean Association is also included with your ISG membership.
  1. Become an ISG Policy Member and Take a Stand. Activate your power to join us in educating people on the facts and importance of American agriculture. Help us be the people that government officials in Springfield and Washington, D.C., stop and listen to. Be a driving force for change in American agriculture. The more members we add…the louder our voice becomes. Our Policy Membership keeps you informed, gets you involved and gives you added discounts and benefits. A one-year membership is $150 and a three-year membership is $300. Benefits will be announced at a later date.
  2. You may also become an ISG Regular Member if you just want to stay informed on about the agriculture industry. Simply supply your name and email address and you receive the ISG Soybean Weekly Update sent via email and the Illinois Field & Bean magazine (8 times per year).
Contact Judy Smith at smithj@ilsoy.org, 309-808-3612 or 888-826-4011 to join or renew your membership or for additional information.
 

USDA Expects Strong 2016 Soybean Production

The latest report from USDA forecasts that Illinois will be the highest-producing soybean state this year, with an average yield of 60 bushels per acre.  That is significantly higher than the average national yield prediction of 50.6 bushels per acre.  USDA estimates total US soybean production will reach 4.2 billion bushels, which is an increase of 141 million bushels from August predictions. The full report estimates Illinois production at about 600 million bushels, and strong soybean yields throughout the Midwest.
 

New Barn Open House Planned for Sept. 22 in Hancock County

The Illinois Livestock Development Group (ILDG) is coordinating an open house for Landon Guymon north of Carthage, Ill., on Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome to tour the 2,400-head wean-to-finish hog barn and enjoy a free pork chop sandwich. The farm is at 2080 North County Road 1600, Carthage, Ill. Landon exemplifies how contract pork production helps young farmers join the family farm. Attending these open houses supports the expansion animal agriculture, the top consumer of Illinois soybean meal. For more information or directions, contact Lindsey Henson or Laura Temple.
 

Register Now for Kellogg Leadership Experience

The Illinois Agriculture Leadership Program (IALP) partners with the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University to provide advanced leadership education. That learning experience will be offered as a seminar held Jan. 16-18, 2017, at a discounted cost through IALP. Topics include innovation, why family businesses are different, and transitioning from family business to enterprising family. The registration deadline is Sept. 30. For more information, contact Todd Lowery, Advanced Leadership and Alumni Director for the Illinois Agriculture Leadership Foundation.
 

Listen in to Sustainability Podcasts

Three new sustainability podcasts cover buffer strips, organic matter and cover crops. Steve Baker, president of Springfield Plastics, Inc., talks in-depth about buffer strips and how they can improve water quality. Ivan Dozier, state conservationist for the Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service, explains how organic matter builds up in the soil and ties back to conservation. Kris Reynolds, CCA and resource conservationist for the Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District, discusses the basics of cover crops. Listen in the combine, tractor or semi cab this fall.
 

ILSoyAdvisor: A Happy Soybean Is a Healthy Soybean

Just as a myriad of factors play into human health, many factors influence soybean health.
Choosing the right seed treatment and variety, taking tissue samples and mitigating stresses will all help maximize yield. Read the full article from Soy CCA Envoy Adam Day to learn more.
 

Help Turn up the Volume with ISGPAC

As the 2016 general election season is in full swing, Illinois soybean farmers are invited to turn up the volume with the Illinois Soybean Growers Political Action Committee (ISGPAC).  ISGPAC provides farmers with strong involvement in political races, and a direct pipeline to tell senators and representatives about the issues that matter most to Illinois farmers:  transportation efficiency, expanding animal agriculture, worldwide market access support, plus biodiesel, trade, energy, taxes and agricultural research.  Farmers can directly 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.  To contribute, visit ISGPAC online or contact Judy Smith at 309-808-3612 or smithj@ilsoy.org.
 

ASA Seeks Scholarship Candidates

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is looking for applicants for its Soy Scholarship.  The $5,000, one-time award is presented to a high school senior who plans to pursue agriculture at any accredited college or university in the 2017-18 academic year.  The scholarship is managed by ASA and made possible through a grant by BASF Corporation.  High school seniors may apply online now through Nov. 21, 2016.  The student must be a child or grandchild of a current state affiliate and ASA member, maintain successful academic progress and be in good standing with the college or university to receive the full amount of the scholarship.  Final selection will be made in December during the ASA Board meeting.  The student will be notified prior to an official announcement made during Commodity Classic in San Antonio, March 2-4, 2017.  More information is available from ASA.
 

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