Soybean Weekly Update
TAKE ACTION! HELP URGE CONGRESS TO RENEW THE BIODIESEL TAX CREDIT
National Biodiesel Board (NBB) launched a new Fueling Action Center tool to help people send emails and social media messages to members of Congress urging immediate extension of the biodiesel tax incentive. To date, more than 560 members of the industry have sent more than 1,600 messages through the tool. NBB is also providing a Fueling Action Center letter specifically for biodiesel and renewable diesel producers and their employees. Both letters can be customized with individual information and messages from senders. Click here to quickly and easily send an email or tweet to your elected official.
U.S. POULTRY CLEARED FOR EXPORT TO CHINA
China lifted its four-year ban on the import of U.S. poultry. The ban was implemented in January 2015 due to an avian influenza outbreak in December 2014. The U.S. has been free of this disease since August 2017. The National Chicken Council (NCC), National Turkey Federation (NTF) and USA Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) welcomed the decision. The groups believe renewed access to the Chinese market could result in $1B annually for chicken paws alone and, due to China’s meat protein deficit as a result of African Swine Fever, there could be as much as another $1B of potential exports of other chicken products, including leg and breast meat. Turkey exports could generate another $100M in sales and poultry breeding stock at least $60M more. Read the full article on the ban lift here.
ISA PARTICIPATES IN TAIWAN OUTLOOK CONFERENCE & 50TH ANNIVERSARY
The U.S. Soy industry and Taiwan have a 50-year track record of actively investing and partnering in programs that support each other’s industries. From Nov. 14-16, soybean farmers from ISA along with ISA Trade Team Lead, David Headley, are on the ground in Taipei to participate in the Taiwan Outlook Conference & 50th Anniversary. Grower leaders are celebrating this anniversary by visiting several factories that use U.S. soy and meeting face-to-face with importers to discuss growing partnerships and the advantages of U.S. soy.
ILLINOIS AGRICULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM – TEACHER GRANTS
ISA is proud to support the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) program. IAITC and the Illinois Agricultural Association (IAA) Foundation along with the Illinois Farm Bureau have released the names of the 2019 – 2020 Teacher Grant Winners. The mission of the IAITC program is to bring accurate and authentic agricultural information to student in grades PreK through 12 across Illinois. The 2019 – 2020 Teacher Book Grants are funded in part by The BRANDT Foundation. Read about this year’s winners here.
2019 WORLD FOOD PRIZE & BORLAUG DIALOGUE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
At the 2019 World Food Prize and Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, global leaders gathered to discuss food security. Yedent Agro Group of Companies Ltd. CEO, Samuel Kwame Ntim-Adu, delivered an important, powerful and practical message on how trade helps fill supply gaps and is a catalyst for food security. Watch the full video here.
WISHH BEGINS RENOVATIONS ON AQUACULTURE TRAINING FACILITY IN CAMBODIA
World Initiative on Soy in Human Health (WISHH) and project partners have broken ground on a new training facility for the Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade-Cambodia (CAST) aquaculture project in Cambodia. Through CAST, Cambodia’s private sector and universities work closely with U.S. soybean growers and businesses as well as academic and non-governmental organizations to produce high-quality feed and fish and to build a profitable market system for aquaculture products. The renovation is scheduled for completion in Nov. 2019. For more information see the full article here.
SOIL TEMPERATURE: IS IT JUST ANOTHER NUMBER?
Soil temperature is more than a number and can impact management decisions. That’s why it’s important to know what’s going on in your soil. Todd Steinacher shares resources for understanding your soil temperature and how it impacts management practices. Read Steinacher’s article, and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice on www.ILSoyAdvisor.com.
UPCOMING WEBINAR: THE SOYBEAN SAGA – DEC. 12
In the next ILSoyAdvisor webinar, presenter and Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Soy Envoy Jason Carr, Bayer CropScience, will share results from 2019 test trials - including fungicide application on June planted soybeans, planting date trials and population studies. The webinar, “The Soybean Saga – Learning from the 2019 Growing Season,” is Dec. 12 at 10 AM CT. One Continuing Education Unit (CEU) in crop management is available to qualified CCAs. Learn more and register for the webinar here.
SIX BENEFITS AND USES OF SOYBEAN OIL
Soybean oil is a vegetable oil that’s extracted from the seeds of the soybean plant. Between 2018 and 2019, around 62 million tons (56 million metric tons) of soybean oil were produced around the globe, making it one of the most common cooking oils available. The six benefits of soybean oil are listed below. Check out the full article here.
- High smoke point
- Rich in heart-healthy fats
- May support bone health
- Contains omega-3 fatty acids
- Promotes skin health
- Versatile and easy to use
SAVE THE DATE: ILSOYADVISOR SOYBEAN SUMMIT
Mark your calendars! ISA’s annual ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit will be held a bit later in the season this year – on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the Crowne Plaza Springfield in Springfield, Illinois. The event will run from 7 AM – 4 PM CT. This year’s Summit will educate producers and production industry participants on a variety of topics ranging from in-season agronomics to agribusiness management practices and ag technology advancements that could help find efficiencies and increase profitability on your farm. And for Certified Crop Advisers – CEU credits will be offered for qualifying breakout sessions. Online registration opens in December. Visit www.ILSoyAdvisor.com/SoybeanSummit to learn more.
GOODYEAR TO INCREASE SOYBEAN OIL USE BY 25 PERCENT
United Soybean Board’s work with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company continues to drive demand for U.S. soybean oil. The tire manufacturer’s latest sustainability report shares the company’s goal of increasing soybean oil consumption by 25 percent in 2020. Furthermore, the company wants to fully replace all petroleum in its tires by 2040. Watch this video from USB’s Biobased Products Stakeholders’ Dialogue to hear Goodyear’s chief engineer for polymer science and technology describe how the Goodyear-USB collaboration has helped keep the company’s product development moving forward with U.S. Soy.
REMINDER: 2020 CONSERVATION CROPPING SEMINARS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY
Three regionalized Conservation Cropping Seminars have been scheduled for Jan. 21 to 23. Speakers and special guests include Hans Kok, Indiana Soil Health Consultant; Bryan Young, Purdue University weed and chemistry professor; and Rick and Aaron Clark, Illinois conservation farmers speaking about how conservation cropping is a profitable system. For more information or to register, click here.
- Jan. 21 – The Double Tree Hotel – Mt. Vernon, IL
- Jan. 22 – The Double Tree Hotel – Bloomington, IL
- Jan. 23 – Hickory Grove Conference Center – Rochelle, IL
REMINDER: DEADLINE FOR DISTRICT DIRECTOR APPLICATIONS: FRIDAY, NOV. 15
The deadline to apply for district 4 and 5 board seats has been extended. Applications will now be accepted until Friday, Nov. 15. Candidates will have a couple minutes to address the board during their meeting on the afternoon of Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 at the Bloomington office before a vote is held that same day. For more information, or to apply – visit: www.ilsoy.org.
REMINDER: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS REQUESTING DATA FROM FARMERS
Researchers and Extension Specialists from University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences are asking Illinois growers to share basic planting, harvest, and yield data with the college to learn from the extraordinary growing conditions experienced this year. Farmers can email, mail in, or fill out the anonymous online form to share data with researchers. Please submit any data before Dec. 2019. For more information about the project and how to submit your data, click here.
REMINDER: CALLING FARMERS TO SHARE THEIR #SOYFROMILLINOIS
From now through November, ISA is asking all farmers to share photos or videos of your farms during harvest on social media, using the hashtag #SoyFromIllinois. All farmers are encouraged to participate, and some have already started – check out #SoyFromIllinois to see what has been shared so far.
REMINDER: ASA SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR SOY SCHOLARSHIP
The American Soybean Association (ASA) wants to recognize an outstanding high school senior interested in pursuing agriculture by presenting them with a scholarship. The Soy Scholarship is a $5,000 one-time award presented to a high school senior who plans to pursue agriculture as an area of study at any accredited college or university during the 2020-21 academic year. The scholarship is managed by ASA and made possible through a grant by BASF Corporation. High school seniors may apply online from Oct. 7-Dec. 1, 2019. Click here to apply.
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.