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Weekly Update - May 6, 2015

May 06, 2016

ISA Biodiesel Team Participates in American Public Works Conference

ISA participated in the American Public Works Association Illinois Chapter Conference in Peoria earlier this week.  The interactive biodiesel tradeshow display educated attendees about biodiesel’s ease of use, technological advances and environmental benefits.  Conference attendees also learned about the B20 Club, an ISA checkoff program project in collaboration with American Lung Association in Illinois.  The club recognizes and rewards Illinois-based fleets running on biodiesel blends of 20 percent.  ISA also sponsored the awards luncheon and presented two conference sessions geared toward diesel technicians.

Animal Agriculture Stakeholders Work to Secure Industry Future

As a member of the Animal Agriculture Alliance, ISA representatives attended their annual Stakeholders Summit this week.  The event brought together those from farms, food processors, restaurants, groceries, legislatures, universities and government agencies to find solutions to challenges facing the animal agriculture industry.  Securing the future for livestock and poultry production secures a major soybean market.  For more information from the meeting, contact Laura Temple.

Participate in ASA Leadership Program

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is looking for candidates for its 2016-17 Leadership At Its Best program.  The program is designed to provide state soybean leaders with advanced leadership and communication skills training so participants might advance into national leadership positions.  Leadership At Its Best is a two-part training that culminates in Washington, D.C. with Capitol Hill visits.  Illinois candidates must be a current director or a committee chair who has expressed a desire for leadership and who can attend both parts of the program:  Aug. 8-12 in Greensboro, N.C., and March 20-22, 2016 in Washington, D.C.  Click here to download more information, and complete the nomination form by May 20.  If you have questions, contact Michelle Hummel.

 ISG Seeks Potential ASA Director Candidates 

Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) announces applications are available for those interested in becoming a candidate for one of four potential positions as an ASA director.  With the restructure of ASA and if the ISG board approves the project budget in June, ISG will have the opportunity for five ASA representatives instead of three. Bill Wykes' first term ends in 2017 and he will remain as a representative this year. Ron Moore is completing his first term as a director and is eligible to run for a second term.   Due to the tenure provision specified in the ASA by-laws, Mike Cunningham is not eligible for reelection. Interested parties can request an application form and return to Angel Terrell by June 10, 2016.  To be eligible, you must be an ASA member, produce soybeans as a farm owner, manager or operator, not be an officer or director of any other national soybean policy organization and be elected by the ISG board.  All eligible candidates will be invited to the ISG July 28 board meeting to speak prior to elections that day.  No write-in provision exists.

Petitions Available for District Director Elections

Petitions are available for farmers 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 ISA office.  Petitions must be filed by May 15, 2016.  Six Illinois districts will hold director elections this year:
  • District 3:        Henderson, Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, Stark, Warren, Whiteside
  • District 4:        Bureau, Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle     
  • District 6:        Livingston, McLean, Woodford
  • District 8:        Adams, Brown, Hancock, McDonough, Schuyler
  • District 15:      Clinton, Madison, Monroe, St. Clair
  • District 18:      Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Williamson
Due to the tenure provision, as specified in the soybean checkoff program, the directors in District 6 and District 18 are not eligible for re-election.  The directors serving in District 3, District 4, District 8 and District 15 are each eligible to serve another three-year term.  To be eligible to serve, a candidate must be an Illinois resident and resident grower of the district he or she seeks to represent, of legal voting age and a contributor to the soybean checkoff.  Petitions filed with the Illinois Director of Agriculture must contain signatures of at least five percent of the soybean growers from the district. The number of signatures required is: District 3, 174; District 4, 142; District 6, 154; District 8, 144; District 15, 91; and District 18, 105 signatures.  Elections will be held July 7 at county Extension offices in open districts.

Herbicide Resistance in Waterhemp Continues to Grow

Populations of the broadleaf weed waterhemp have been found to be resistant to the class of herbicides known as HPPD-inhibitors.  A University of Illinois study shows waterhemp resistant to HPPD-inhibitors is also resistant to several other classes of herbicides, making it even harder to control chemically. University of Illinois weed scientist Aaron Hager recommends farmers let waterhemp seeds germinate, then mechanically work the soil before planting their crops.  Farmers should repeat this strategy for multiple years until the waterhemp seedbank is diminished. Another key is pulling out any stragglers before they go to seed.  For more information about the study, click here.

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