Press Release

Media Advisory

May 23, 2018

Announcements

Illinois soybean farmers join urban conservationists for wetlands restoration. A unique and innovative opportunity, farmers will share their passion for the land and work with Chicago area conservation groups to restore wetlands at Indian Ridge Marsh next month. The event, June, 2, will help restore native species to the area, protect water supplies and quality and enhance the diversity of the natural space. Contact: Amy Roady

Featured Interview Opportunity

Partnering with poultry yields protein sales potential. The ISA checkoff program has found success in partnering on strategic opportunities with the poultry industry. Poultry consume 54 percent of the soybean meal fed in the U.S. View this video that highlights a unique diversification opportunity available for Illinois farmers. Contact: Laura Temple

Story Ideas

•    Following the farm bill. Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is pleased to see the 2018 Farm Bill is moving forward. Illinois soybean farmers benefit from the certainty that comes from strong legislation, and ISG leaders can share with you their take on progress so far and next steps. Contact: Sarah Duwe

•    Calculator prioritizes road and bridge improvements. A calculator developed with support from the ISA checkoff program is helping local governments compare road and bridge construction and repair projects. The tool goes deeper than traffic volume alone to objectively evaluate rural and urban projects. Contact: Kristi Olson

•    IFF connects farm practices and food safety. Illinois Farm Families (IFF) is connecting with influencers in the health and wellness industry – namely dietitians and nutritionists. These professionals are a trusted source of information for consumers and they are eager to learn more about how farm practices affect food safety. At the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spring Assembly, attendees and farmers listened to a presentation from Lynda Gould, DVM, and discussed the topic. Illinois Farm Families are Illinois farmers who support state commodity groups and membership associations. Contact: Sarah Duwe

•    Fresh take on ISA Yield Challenge to test profitable strategies. The ISA Yield Challenge gives farmers the green light to test new growing practices, break yield barriers and push pods to their full potential. The 2018 contest will have a new structure and program rules, as ISA works to provide the most effective support to farmers. Mike Scheer, ISA Yield Challenge Coordinator, can share updates and information about how growers, agronomists, ag retailers and students can get involved. Contact Cassie Yontz

Upcoming Events

June 2  See What’s Growing on Calumet Wetlands Planting Day, Chicago

June 18-22  ISA Sustainability Tour, New Orleans

June 19  Risk Management Workshop, Bloomington/The Nature Conservancy

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