Soybean Weekly Update
ISA HOSTS HUNDREDS TO ILLINOIS DURING U.S. SOY GLOBAL TRADE EXCHANGE
Hundreds of international soybean buyers and U.S. soybean exporters gathered in Chicago this week for the 2019 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange, thanks in part to ISA checkoff program leadership and support. More than 300 trade team members participated in industry and farm tours on Aug. 20, visiting container loading facilities, a lock and dam, railyard, river loading facilities and more. The tour included a lunch featuring high oleic soybean oil at Jeff O’Connor’s farm outside Kankakee. The conference also featured opportunities for exporters and buyers to connect and attend sessions covering market dynamics, African swine fever and more. ISA hosted a reception for key container customers and a dinner for tempeh producers and consulate representatives from Indonesia. Individual trade teams visited other Illinois farms before and after the event, as well. Such activities support soybean market opportunities for Illinois farmers.
ISA SEEKS QUALIFIED CANDIDATES FOR DISTRICT 4 AND 5 VACANCIES
ISA is seeking applications from qualified candidates to fill two district director positions. The District 4 board seat vacancy includes the counties of Bureau, LaSalle, Grundy and Kendall. The District 5 vacancy includes Knox, Peoria, Marshall, Putnam, Fulton and Tazewell. The current term for the District 4 board seat expires in July 2022. The current term for the District 5 board seat expires in July 2020. Upon expiration, both directors may choose to run for two additional three-year terms. Applications can be downloaded here for District 4 and here for District 5, or requested by email from Dustin Scott, ISA director of operations. Submit applications to Scott by Sept. 13. Candidates will participate in conference call interviews with the full board at a date and time to be determined. Call the ISA office at 309-663-7692 with questions.
ISG MEMBERS: PICK UP FREE AUG. 28 LUNCH TICKET AT FARM PROGRESS SHOW
Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) members are invited to a free membership lunch at Farm Progress Show, Wednesday, Aug. 28, sponsored by FMC. Lunch will be served in FMC’s booth in the southwest quadrant, #441. ISG members can get their lunch tickets at the ISA booth, lot #809. Not an ISG member? Sign up at www.ilsoygrowers.com to join.
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ILSoyAdvisor, your source for the latest, in-season actionable soybean advice, will be at Farm Progress Show Aug. 27-29. Stop by lot #809 and sign-up for our weekly newsletter to receive a free hat. Also be entered for your chance to win a new YETI cooler when you follow us on Twitter. Not going to be at FPS? Sign up to win the cooler today.
USDA TO HOLD BROADBAND ON THE FARM SESSION DURING FPS
USDA Rural Development will host an hour-long broadband information session at Richland Community College National Sequestration Education Center (NSEC), Aug. 27, at 10 a.m., during the Farm Progress Show. “High Capacity Networks on the Farm” will discuss farm network options and the digital future, why farmers need it and how to get it. Anyone who needs or provides broadband is encouraged to participate and learn about USDA resources.
ARE SPIDER MITES THE NEXT 2019 CHALLENGE?
Dry and hot weather, like Illinois has been experiencing recently, can cause two-spotted spider mite populations to explode. Eric Ifft, Bayer Crop Science customer business advisor, discusses how to control spider mites and protect your soybean crop in his latest article for ILSoyAdvisor. Read it and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice on www.ILSoyAdvisor.com.
DON’T WAIT FOR YOUR LEGISLATOR TO MAKE THE DECISION FOR YOU
Wondering how you can make your voice heard to legislators? Easy: with Voice for Soy. Connect to decision makers in just two clicks. Join Voice for Soy today to track issues, share information with fellow producers and take action when needed. Don’t wait for someone else to decide for you – be ready to advocate for your business.
JOIN SOIL HEALTH ON RENTED FARMLAND WEBINAR
Join the Soil Health Partnership and The Nature Conservancy, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. to discuss lessons learned from a year of exploration of non-operating landowners and conservation. Presenters will look at opportunities available for growers to engage their landowners and how non-operating landowners value soil health. Register now to save your seat.
ASA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR CONSERVATION LEGACY AWARDS
Illinois soybean farmers are encouraged to apply for the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Conservation Legacy Award. The award recognizes farm management practices that are both environmentally friendly and profitable. Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input management, conservation, environmental management and sustainability. The selection process is divided into four regions – Midwest, Upper Midwest, Northeast and South. One farmer from each region will be recognized at the 2020 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas, and one will be named the National Conservation Legacy Award recipient. The award is sponsored by ASA, BASF, Bayer, United Soybean Board and Valent U.S.A. More information is available here. All applications must be submitted by Sept. 13.
IAA FOUNDATION RACE TO BENEFIT ILLINOIS AG IN THE CLASSROOM
The ninth annual 5K Grow & Go + Kids Race, a fundraising event hosted by the IAA Foundation, will take place Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Illinois Farm Bureau headquarters in Bloomington. Proceeds benefit Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC), a program providing free resources to teachers to help students make the connection between food, fiber, fuel and farming. The ISA checkoff program is an IAITC supporter. Event details and registration are available at www.iaafoundation.org, or by calling 309-557-2230.
ISA SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR 2019-20 YOUNG LEADER PROGRAM
ISA is looking for Illinois applicants for the American Soybean Association (ASA) and Corteva Agriscience 2019-20 Young Leader Program. The two-phase educational program is for actively farming individuals and couples who are passionate about the future possibilities of agriculture. Phase I of the program takes place in Indianapolis, Dec. 3-6. The program continues Feb. 25–29, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show. Participants must attend both events. The agenda focuses on leadership and communication, the latest agricultural information and the development of a strong peer network. For more information or to apply online before the end of September, click here.
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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