Illinois Farmer Dan Arkels Guns For 150-Bushel Soybeans In 2014, Dan Arkels, soybean farmer from Peru, Ill., became the first verified 100-plus bushel soybean grower in Illinois with 104 bushel per acre beans. In 2015, Jason and Robert Lakey topped his record yield in Champaign County with a bin-... Read more
ISA Checkoff Program Awards Scholarships ISA has chosen seven college students to receive crop science scholarships for the 2016-17 school year. The scholarships are funded through the ISA checkoff program. Six recipients are enrolled at the University of Illinois and one attends Western Illinois... Read more
Research Calculates Soybean Meal Use for Meat and Poultry Exports The United Soybean Board (USB) released an analysis of soybean meal exported as meat and poultry products. The study found that on average during the past 10 years, the U.S. exported 18.7 percent of pork production, 18 percent of... Read more
ISA Checkoff Program Funds Tuna Fish Feed Research The ISA checkoff program is funding research to feed soy protein to farm-ranched tuna. Fish nutritionists have developed and are analyzing feed options tailored to the dietary needs and texture preferences of tuna fish. This summer, feeding trials... Read more
ISA Participates in Global Poultry Export Conference Chickens and turkeys eat 54 percent of the soybean meal fed in the U.S. Meat and eggs from those birds are exported. Two ISA directors, Gary Berg and Sharon Covert, recently attended the U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC)... Read more
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... Read more
Time to Sign Up for the 2016 Yield Challenge Registration for the 2016 Yield Challenge is open. Now in its sixth year, the Yield Challenge is funded by the ISA checkoff program, and offers farmers three ways to compete. In the 100-Bushel Challenge, the farmer who achieves the greatest qualifying... Read more
ISG Applauds USDA for New Use of Checkoff Dollars in Cuba Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is pleased USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack has announced checkoff funds now can be used for research, information exchange and other efforts in Cuba. ISG has invested valuable membership dollars to help open up... Read more
ISG Frustrated After U.S. Senate Fails to Pass GMO Labeling Bill Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is extremely disappointed the U.S. Senate failed to pass S. 2609, a bill that would have established national voluntary GMO labeling standards. S. 2609 would have instructed USDA to establish a set of... Read more
Tell Illinois Senators to Pass Voluntary, National GMO Labeling Encourage your senators to pass the voluntary, national GMO labeling bill legislation when it comes up for vote later this month. If this legislation is not passed quickly, the Vermont mandatory GMO labeling law will take effect July 1... Read more