Soybean Weekly Update
FRIDAY WEBINAR TO COVER PREVENTED PLANTING CONSIDERATIONS
Information changes daily about prevented planting options. Learn the latest and how the 2019 Market Facilitation Program will influence decisions June 7 at 10 a.m. Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois ag economics professor, will examine how prevented planting options will affect soybean producers. To learn more about the webinar and register, click here.
CROP INSURANCE OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR FARMERS AFFECTED BY FLOODING
UPDATED AGENDA AVAILABLE FOR JULY 16 ISA TECH CONNECT EVENT
Additional speakers are confirmed for Tech Connect, a new event sponsored by the ISA checkoff program. The event will help soybean producers sort through multiple tech options and learn ways to evaluate profit potential on their farms. The event is July 16 at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign. See the full agenda and register for the event here.
SIGN UP FOR PREMIER AGTECH EVENT COMING TO CHICAGO
Global AgInvesting and the ISA checkoff program have partnered to bring the fifth annual AgTech Nexus USA conference to Chicago, July 22-23. This event convenes an international group of investors, agribusiness executives, agtech entrepreneurs and, for the first time, producers. The goals are to add the producer perspective to conversations around agtech, to increase focus on benefits Illinois producers can realize from new ag technologies and to showcase the great assets available to help agtech develop in Illinois – world-class industry, world-class farmland, world-class producers and, Chicago, a world-class city. Sign up today.
ISA members can use the promotion code ISA10 for significant savings.
ISA HOSTS KOREAN SOYBEAN BUYERS
A team of Korean soybean buyers visited Illinois this week. They met with soybean producers on a southern Illinois farm to learn about best farming practices. A Pioneer representative also addressed the team’s interest in high oleic soybeans. South Korea imports soybeans for feed and food, as well as soybean meal and oil. The U.S. has strong market share in soybeans and soybean oil, and this visit strengthens those relationships. For more information, contact David Headley.
DON’T WAIT. BE READY TO ADVOCATE FOR BIODIESEL
Biodiesel is a critical market for Illinois, driving local growth and soybean use. Are you ready to act when this market is challenged? If not, get registered on Voice for Soy, a one-stop shop to track key issues, share information with fellow producers and mobilize quickly when necessary.
STATE BUDGET INCLUDES COVER CROPS PROGRAM FUNDING
The 2020 Illinois state budget includes funding for producers who plant cover crops. The “Fall Covers for Spring Savings: Crop Insurance Reward Pilot Program” will help farmers meet the goals of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. Producers using cover crops will be eligible for a $5 per acre reward on their crop insurance. For questions about the program, contact Kris Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or download this PDF.
FREE CEU FOR NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT IN SOIL HEALTH SYSTEM WEBINAR
Join ILSoyAdvisor on June 20 at 10 a.m. for an in-depth look at how good soil health impacts nutrient application and water quality. Presenter Doug Peterson, regional soil health specialist with NRCS, will examine the difference in nutrient cycles between healthy and non-healthy soils. One CEU in soil and water management is available to eligible Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs). To learn more about this webinar and register, click here.
SOIL HEALTH LEARNING CIRCLES SCHEDULED FOR WOMEN LANDOWNERS
American Farmland Trust and the Women Food and Agriculture Network are teaming up to bring soil health learning circles to women landowners in the Chicago area. Discussion for the events will include how to build healthy soil:
- June 13 – Will County Forest Preserve District, Joliet, IL
- July 17 – Forest Preserve of the Kankakee River Valley, Kankakee, IL
- Aug. 8 – The Delta Institute, Chicago, IL
For more information on the learning circles, click here.
NRCS ANNOUNCES PRECISION CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT DEADLINES
NRCS will offer special funding for precision conservation management through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Producers have two options for funding:
- Apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) to strengthen conservation efforts by signing up to use enhancements, new practices and management techniques. Interested producers should submit an application to local NRCS field offices by June 21.
- Apply for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) for financial and technical assistance to conserve agricultural land and wetlands. Interested producers should submit an application to their local NRCS field office by June 28.
To see if you are eligible, contact your local NRCS field office or visit www.il.nrcs.usda.gov.
WRITE-IN APPLICATIONS FOR ISA DISTRICT DIRECTOR AVAILABLE
ISA seeks applications from highly motivated and qualified candidates to fill board seats representing Districts 3, 4, 6, 8, 15 and 18. While the deadline to have your name on the ballot has passed, candidates who meet eligibility requirements may submit a Declaration of Intent to the Illinois Ag Director no later than 5 p.m., June 25, 2019, to be a write-in candidate.
John Longley (District 3), Sharon Covert, (District 4), Dale Asher (District 8) and Daryl Cates (District 15) will term off the board during ISA’s July 2019 meeting in Champaign. Jim Martin (District 6) and Rick Rubenacker (District 18) are eligible for re-election. Open districts 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. Directors 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. For more details, contact county Extension offices in the districts, Claudine Wargel at 217-219-0323, email@example.com, or Dustin Scott at 309-808-3603, firstname.lastname@example.org. Elections will be held July 2.
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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