Soybean Weekly Update

ISA ANNOUNCES NEXT STEPS IN CEO SEARCH   
The Illinois Soybean Association is taking the next step in its search for a new CEO. The board has selected Kincannon & Reed to help with the search process for the organization’s next executive. More information on the CEO role, its responsibilities, and the desired candidate profile may be found at www.krsearch.com/illinois-soybean-association-ceo. For confidential consideration as a candidate or to suggest a prospective candidate, please contact Lisa Johnson with Kincannon & Reed at ILSoyCEO@KRsearch.net.
 
ISA LEADS TRADE DISCUSSIONS   
In case you missed it, Taiwan recently committed to purchasing $2.2 billion in soybeans and corn from states including Illinois during the next two years. This announcement reinforces the important role the ISA trade teams program plays in building relationships and sharing information with international customers. The checkoff program hosts more than 30 trade teams each year to help Illinois soybean producers compete in the global market.
 
BRAZIL AGRIBUSINESS GROUP COMES TO LEARN ABOUT AMERICAN AGRICULTURE
An agribusiness group from Brazil visited the ISA offices on Sept. 25 to learn about American agriculture. The group was in the U.S. to gain a better understanding of CBOT, risk management, and how farmers market their crops.
 
ISA AT CHICAGO IDEAS WEEK
Silicon Valley may be where tech is born, but it's being grown on farms across the country. On Oct. 14, ISA is hosting a lab, Up Close with AgTech Via the Illinois Soybean Association. Attendees will see how farm drones, connected tractors, and iPhone crop management are all changing American farms today. The event will be at Humboldt Park Boathouse in Chicago from 9:30 – 11:30 AM. If you are interested in attending, visit chicagoideasweek.com to purchase a ticket.
 
OCTOBER IS NATIONAL PORK MONTH
Pork is the world’s most widely eaten meat, representing 36 percent of all meat consumed, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. Often fueled by soy, pork provides a plethora of nutritional qualities, including amino acids, vitamins and protein. Be sure to follow Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter during the month of October for special events regarding Pork Month.
 
YEAR-END IMPACT OF ILLINOIS AG IN THE CLASSROOM
The Illinois Soybean Association’s involvement in Illinois Ag in the Classroom this year paid off. ISA contributed $253 to help each County Coalition provide more training and education opportunities related to soybeans. Soybean growers directly benefit from this funding, as it ensures that classroom presentations and teacher trainings will include elements of education related to soybeans.
 
EVALUATING POD DEVELOPMENT AND FILL
The first step to determining potential yield is evaluating pod count and fill. Todd Steinacher breaks down pod development calculations in his latest article. Read Steinacher’s article, and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice on www.ILSoyAdvisor.com.
 
LISTEN: SOYCOASTER – 2019 GROWING SEASON
CCA Soy Envoy, Jason Carr discusses the roller coaster that is the 2019 soybean growing season in the latest ILSoyAdvisor Podcast. From decisions made at planting time to current field conditions, Carr looks at how different decisions and forces affect yield potential this year. He also looks ahead to how 2019 may impact the 2020 growing season.
 
ILLINOIS WATERWAY LOCKS CLOSURES EXTENDED  
Due to high water, the full closures of the Starved Rock and Marseilles Locks on the Illinois Waterway have been extended through at least Oct. 13, rather than Oct. 5, as previously planned. The ISA checkoff program will continue to monitor the short-term impact of closures on local markets and shipping options as harvest gets underway. For more information, see ISA’s frequently asked questions about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District’s Illinois Waterway coordinated closures projects or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers summary.

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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