Soybean Weekly Update

May 9, 2019

May Issue of Soy Perspectives Available Online

The May issue of Soy Perspectives is now online. The theme is influence, with articles delving into such “SoyTopia” topics as identifying the best “size” for agriculture, ISA’s approach to addressing the United Nations’ sustainability goals, making the most of the current trade situation and ISA efforts promoting biodiesel and activities originating from the Chicago office.

ISA Takes Seat at Table to Support Animal Ag

ISA representatives attended the annual Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit this week in Kansas City to learn more about how to support Illinois soybean producers’ top customer – the livestock industry. Conference attendees represented all facets of animal agriculture, from farmers to food processors and beyond. Sessions focused on forward-thinking solutions to challenges like sustainability and engaging unexpected allies. About 98 percent of U.S. soybean meal feeds livestock. For meeting highlights, contact Laura Temple.

Request for Referendum Period Now Open Through May 31

U.S. soybean farmers may request a referendum regarding the soybean checkoff now through May 31. USDA’s request for referendum occurs every five years. The official notice is available in the Federal Register. For more information, read USDA’s frequently asked questions here.

Plan for Smart Herbicide Use During Upcoming Season

To “start clean and stay clean,” CCA Soy Envoy Brian Gordon, discusses the challenges and steps growers should take this season for a successful herbicide plan. Read Gordon’s article here, and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice on

ASA Seeks Advocacy Communications Team Participants

The American Soybean Association (ASA) seeks participants for its Advocacy Communications Team (ACT). Soybean producers who are passionate about sharing their story and would benefit from intense communications training are encouraged to apply. ASA is particularly interested in producers who engage on social media or their own blogs. Training is sponsored by Bayer Crop Science, and will be held in Washington, D.C., Aug. 20-22. Previous ASA state and national leaders, emerging leaders and known agricultural spokespersons are ideal candidates. Please contact Amy Roady or Rachel Peabody by May 31 if interested.

ISA July 16 Event will Dive into Farm Tech

With new ag technologies constantly entering the market, keeping up with advancements can overwhelm even the most knowledgeable producer. Tech Connect, a new event sponsored by the ISA checkoff program, will help producers sort through multiple tech options and learn ways to evaluate their profit potential on the farm. The event will be held July 16 at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign. Watch for registration information soon.

Free CEUs for Effective Weed Management with Enlist E3 Soybeans Webinar

Register today for the next free ILSoyAdvisor webinar to be held May 15 at 10 a.m. Learn how the recently approved Enlist herbicide package provides effective weed control with Enlist E3 soybeans. Speaking will be Shawna Hubbard, Enlist herbicides product manager with Corteva Agriscience, the agricultural division of DowDuPont. Hubbard will discuss best management practices and how to design a season-long approach to keeping Enlist E3 fields weed-free. One free continuing education unit (CEU) in pest management is available for eligible CCAs.

ISA District Director Applications Due Next Week

ISA seeks applications from highly motivated and qualified candidates to fill board seats representing Districts 3, 4, 6, 8, 15 and 18 that are up for election this year.

John Longley (District 3), Sharon Covert, (District 4), Dale Asher (District 8) and Daryl Cates (District 15) will all term off the board during ISA’s July 2019 meeting in Champaign, Ill.  Jim Martin (District 6) and Rick Rubenacker (District 18) are eligible for re-election. The Illinois Department of Agriculture directs the election process. Open positions include:

  • District 3: Henderson, Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, Stark, Warren and Whiteside
  • District 4: Bureau, Grundy, Kendall and LaSalle counties
  • District 6: Livingston, McLean and Woodford counties
  • District 8: Adams, Brown, Hancock, McDonough and Schuyler counties
  • District 15: Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties
  • District 18: Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union and Williamson counties

Board members’ responsibilities entail providing generative, strategic and fiduciary oversight for the organization, representing 43,000 Illinois soybean producers in state, national and international issues. Oversight includes understanding legal and ethical practices, governance and ensuring compliance with state and national soybean checkoffs. Board members are responsible for serving in the best interest of all Illinois soybean producers, loyally putting organizational interests above personal interests and acting with fidelity to advance the organization’s mission.

Eligibility to serve requires candidates be Illinois residents of legal voting age that contribute to the soybean checkoff. Candidates must also be residents within the district and maintain eligibility during their term(s). Directors may need to devote about 24 days per year, depending on level of leadership and representation needs.

Petitions are available at the above listed county Extension offices or by contacting Claudine Wargel at 217-219-0323 or, or Dustin Scott at 309-808-3603 or Contact Wargel or Scott with questions or for additional information.

To have your name placed on the ballot, petitions must be completed and filed with the Illinois Department of Agriculture director in Springfield no later than 5 p.m., May 15, 2019. A candidate’s petition must carry the signatures of at least 250 of the qualified producers from the district where the candidate seeks office, or five percent, whichever is less. Any person running as a write-in candidate must also meet the eligibility requirements and submit a Declaration of Intent to the director no later than 5 p.m., June 25, 2019. Elections will be held July 2, 2019.

Be Informed. Stay Connected.

Did you know anyone can be an ISA informational member? It’s a free way to stay connected to all things associated with growing Illinois soybeans - from production practices to advocacy efforts. For more information, contact Andrew Larson.

Join ISG’s Political Action Committee and Make a Difference

Illinois soybean farmers are invited to join the Illinois Soybean Growers Political Action Committee (ISGPAC).  ISGPAC provides farmers with strong involvement in political races and a way to talk with legislators about key issues. 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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