Soybean Weekly Update

ILLINOIS CUBA WORKING GROUP CALLS FOR CONTINUED COLLABORATION

The Illinois Cuba Working Group welcomed Rodney Gonzalez, commercial attaché for the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C, to the Farm Progress Show this week. The purpose of his visit was to meet with leaders in agriculture, including farmers, and to explore opportunities between Illinois and Cuba. One key barrier to selling U.S. products to Cuba is the inability to extend credit to Cuban purchasers. This means Cubans have to pay cash in advance. However, since other countries offer credit, the United States is less competitive. The Cuba Agricultural Exports Act (H.R. 1898) would permit U.S. food exporters to sell food to Cuba on credit. Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is a member of the working group. ISG representatives have been to Cuba 12 times since 2012 to meet with officials, learn more about the market and its needs. For more information about the efforts of the group, visit www.illinoiscuba.org.

BIODIESEL CONTRIBUTES TO CLEANER AIR IN CHICAGO

New air quality monitoring data show the entire Chicago area now meets the national standard for fine particulate matter—small inhalable particles that can cause heart and lung health problems. An announcement from Chicago Area Clean Cities cites use of biodiesel by Chicago-area fleets as a contributor to the air quality improvement. “Through the use of renewable and other alternative fuels, such as biodiesel, ethanol, compressed natural gas, propane and electricity, we will continue to see fine particulate matter emissions trending downward,” says John Walton, chair, Chicago Area Clean Cities. ISA also plays a part in Chicago pollution reduction through the B20 Club, a partnership between ISA and the American Lung Association, that supports Illinois-based fleets committed to using biodiesel blends of B20 and higher. Several B20 Club members are based in the Chicago area. Read more at B20Club.org.

ISA CONTINUES WELCOMING GLOBAL INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS

As producers from around the Midwest and the world converge at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, ISA has been hosting the global soybean industry. The ISA checkoff program hosted a farm tour in north-central Illinois and provided industry perspective at ISA’s Chicago office for the Illinois Department of Agriculture Fall Grain Tour, which included 42 grain buyers and producers from El Salvador, Mexico and Vietnam. A few hundred soybean farmers and industry stakeholders from Brazil and Argentina got perspectives on global markets and the value of associations like ISA, along with their visit to the show. For details, contact David Headley.

ISA DIRECTOR ATTENDS EVENT COMMEMORATING FIRST ILLINOIS SOYBEAN PLANTING

ISA director Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare joined Illinois State Historical Society and Lewis and Clark Community College officials last week in Alton to commemorate the first planting of soybeans in Illinois in 1851. An historical marker was placed at the site Aug. 23. Dr. Benjamin Franklin Edwards, who was from Alton, was given the “Japanese peas” as a thank you for helping shipwreck survivors from Japan. Edwards was in San Francisco at the time. When he returned to Alton, he gave the soybeans to a friend, who planted them in his home garden.  

DOUBLE-CROP SOYBEANS TURNING INTO A COUNTRY SONG

We have a long way to go and a short time to get there. This could be the theme for 2019 double-crop soybeans. Former CCA Soy Envoy Kelly Robertson examines double-crop soybean progress this season. Read his article and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice here.

ASA RELEASES NEW SOYSTATS APP SPONSORED BY ISA

The American Soybean Association’s annual SoyStats report has long been a definitive guide to soybeans by the numbers, available as a hard copy booklet and online at soystats.com. Now, interested parties can access SoyStats via a new app that is sponsored by the ISA checkoff program. The app is downloadable for both Apple and Android devices. Access your app store and look for “SoyStats” to find the industry information you need as you need it.

ILLINOIS FARM FAMILIES HIGHLIGHTS FOOD SAFETY FOR DIETITIANS

Illinois Farm Families organized a tour Aug. 27 for 20 dietitians to learn more about food safety from farmers and processors. The tour included OSI Industries in West Chicago, a meat processor who provides hamburger patties to McDonald’s, and an interactive lunch experience. Throughout the tour, Illinois producers answered questions about food safety and sustainability measures on their farms where safety starts. All of the dietitians participating found the tour educational and valued having farmers available throughout the day for conversation.

NH3 SAFETY SCHOOL TRAINING BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER

NH3 Safety Schools begin next month. The sessions are offered by the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association (IFCA) and Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA). The two groups also prepare content of the course. Instructors cover topics and issues related to NH3 safety that are designed for retail and farmer owned anhydrous ammonia operators and their employees. Six classes across Illinois will be held starting Sept. 9 in Bloomington. Pre-registration cost is $65 per person and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Learn more and register online here.

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.

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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