Soybean Weekly Update

ISA CONVENED THOUGHT LEADERS AT FARM PROGRESS SHOW TO TALK CONTAINER SHIPPING

Last week at the Farm Progress Show, ISA hosted over 30 thought leaders to discuss the benefits of container shipping. The after-hours networking event served as an opportunity to showcase ISA’s work promoting container shipping of soybeans and discuss the role of containers in expanding global trade opportunities for America’s agricultural exports. Attendees enjoyed light refreshments and were able to see an actual shipping container as part of ISA’s Farm Progress Show booth.
 
OPEN HOUSE PLANNED FOR PERINO FAMILY CATTLE BARN

The Illinois Livestock Development Group (ILDG) and Illinois Beef Association (IBA) are coordinating an Open House to celebrate the opening of the Perinos’ new beef barn. The Open House will be on Thursday, September 12 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Neighbors, community members, fellow beef producers, and anyone with an interest in learning more about modern beef production is invited to attend. The event will feature tours of the new monoslope barn and FREE ribeye sandwiches and hamburgers from the Whiteside County Cattlemen’s. The Open House is located at 30708 Osage Rd., Deer Grove, IL. For more information about the event contact Jake Perino at (815) 303-8510. 
 
FARMERS SOUGHT FOR FIELD TEST OF ALTERNATIVE CROP INSURANCE SOLUTION

Farmers interested in future crop insurance options have an opportunity to participate in a fall 2019 field test. You may be an ideal fit if you are a large grower seeking greater flexibility, less paperwork and pricing that reflects your farm and farming results. The objective is to help farmers better manage risk using a simplified, farmer-centric insurance product as an alternative to the federal crop insurance program. The field test includes a visit at your farm to compare your existing coverages with this alternative program. For more information, please email jon@myagrisk.com or visit MyAgRisk.com. Please note this is an evaluation of a new crop insurance product and is not an offer or solicitation for the sale of insurance.
 
LATE APPLICATIONS OF FOLIAR FUNGICIDES

Does a sequential application of a fungicide at R5 provide yield benefits? CCA Soy Envoy, Tracy Heuerman explores this topic in her latest article on ILSoyAdvisor about late foliar fungicide applications. Read Heuerman’s article, and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice at IL Soy Advisor.
 
NH3 SAFETY SCHOOL TRAINING BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER – REGISTER TODAY!

The 2019 NH3 Safety Schools are offered through the combined efforts of IFCA and the Illinois Department of Agriculture. IFCA and IDA prepare the content of the course and instructors cover topics and issues related to NH3 safety. These safety schools are designed for retail and farmer owned anhydrous ammonia operators and their employees to train employees who handle and transport NH3 - a review for experienced employees and yet basic enough for new employees, provide managers an annual review of regulations and safe operations, meet government regulation training standards, and document employee training, and avoid accidents and escalating insurance costs and minimize liability. 6 classes across Illinois will be held starting Sept. 9 in Bloomington. Pre-registration cost is $65 per person. This fee includes continental breakfast & lunch. Learn more and register online at IFCA Training.

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.

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.

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.