Soybean Weekly Update

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE SUMMIT FOSTERS COLLABORATION, EXPLORES PERSPECTIVES 

This week more than 600 people attended the Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Indianapolis including ISA Communications Director Amy Roady. Soybean farmers also were represented by the United Soybean Board, American Soybean Association, U.S. Soybean Export Council, and Indiana Soybean Alliance. Key topics that were discussed included the importance of farmer economic viability to environmental sustainability, a sustainable feed supply, climate change, carbon credits, partnership opportunities, the role of trusted advisors, technology’s role in overcoming challenges and ag being part of the climate solution. For additional information visit http://sustainableagsummit.usdairy.com/#/Summary

U.S. SOY QUALITY & SUSTAINABILITY SEEN AS DIFFERENTIATORS IN EUROPEAN MARKET

Nicolas Reverdy of DLG in France attended the 2019 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange & Specialty Soy Conference earlier this summer. In a newly released video, he noted U.S. soy’s quality and sustainability as key differentiators for the European marketplace and that meeting American soybean growers at the event helped him to learn more about the sustainability practices employed by U.S. farms. Watch the full video here.

ISA AND ILLINOIS SOYBEAN GROWERS PARTICIPATE 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, participated in the Taiwan Outlook Conference & 50th Anniversary. Did you know that 60 percent of soybeans in containers purchased by Taiwan are from Illinois? Check out this fun fact, among others, that we learned at the conference and posted to our Instagram account: @IlSoybean.

USDA APPOINTS TWO ILLINOIS FARMERS TO THE UNITED SOYBEAN BOARD

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the appointment of 43 members and five alternates to serve three-year terms on the United Soybean Board. Newly appointed representatives from Illinois include Doug Winter of Mill Shoals, Illinois and Daniel Farney of Morton, Illinois. The goal of the United Soybean Board is to expand domestic and foreign markets and uses for soybeans and soybean products.

ILLINOIS SOYBEAN GROWERS ON NBB GOVERNING BOARD

Rob Shaffer, soybean grower from El Paso, Illinois, was recently elected 2nd vice chairman of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) governing board. Another Illinois soybean grower, Jeff Lynn of Oakfield, Illinois, also serves on the board. As governing board members, Shaffer and Lynn are among a team of biodiesel advocates who help lead NBB’s work in the development and success of biodiesel. NBB is a trade association that represents the entire biodiesel value chain, including producers, feedstock suppliers and fuel distributors. Biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning fuel made from soybean oil that can be used in existing diesel engines without modification. Read more about the new NBB leadership.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 2019 ILLINOIS FARM ECONOMICS SUMMIT: DEC. 16 - 20

The 2019 Illinois Farm Economic Summit will take place between Dec. 16 – 20. Throughout the week, members of the farmdoc team from the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics and University of Illinois Extension will hold a series of five Illinois Farm Economics Summit meetings to help producers navigate and manage volatility and finical difficulties related to trade, yield, weather and other external factors. For more information or to register, visit the farmdoc website here.  

THANK THE HARVEST THIS THANKSGIVING WITH USFRA’s ‘30 HARVESTS’ DOCUDRAMA

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) launched earlier this summer a docudrama "30 Harvests" about how farmers are faced with the challenges of creating sustainable food systems and solving climate change, and how they only have 30 harvests until 2050 to do it. The docudrama has been viewed over 1.4 million times and continues to engage audiences: USFRA has heard from farmers and ranchers across the U.S., Europe and South America about the impact the film is making on them personally. As the Thanksgiving holiday descends upon us next week, "30 Harvests" is a great way to honor the harvest!

FBFM HOSTS SERIES OF WORKSHOPS FOR WOMEN LED BY WOMEN

As part of its ‘Women Creating Opportunities for Women’ (W.O.W.) series, the Illinois Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM) will host several new and unique workshops for farm business management, for women led by women. The next workshop will be held on Dec. 2 from 6:00-8:00pm CT in Champaign, Illinois, and is free for all who attend. For more information or to register by Nov. 27, reach out to Jessica Patzwith (Jessica.Patzwith@FBFM.org) and Hannah Leischner (Hannah.Miller@FBFM.org). 

CELEBRATING WORLD FISHERIES DAY - CATCHING PROTEIN OPPORTUNITIES

As global communities celebrate World Fisheries Day on Nov. 21, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) launched a new video highlighting opportunities for aquaculture to improve the quantity and quality of protein in diets. The video demonstrates how the Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade-Cambodia (CAST) project connects trade and development across global market systems and improves food security in Cambodia where fish is a primary protein in household diets. Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab Associate Director B. Jan Middendorf, Ph.D. also explains how this strategic partnership leads to resilience as well as trade opportunities. ASA and WISHH thank all their partners in this U.S. Department of Agriculture Food for Progress project. Watch the full video here.

IAITC AND IAA AWARD OVER 2,000 BOOKS TO EDUCATORS ACROSS ILLINOIS

The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) program and IAA Foundation awarded 2,209 books to 83 teachers from 45 counties through the 2019-2020 Teacher Grant Program. This combined effort to provide agricultural resources to classrooms across the state included two books, “Full of Beans: Henry Ford Grows a Car” and “George Washington Carver for Kids,” which were selected by eighteen grant recipients and highlight the history and versatility of soybeans. In addition to providing these resources, IAITC continues to support hands-on activities for students to learn more about soybeans. Just earlier this month, the Whiteside County Agriculture in the Classroom program taught a class of fifth graders how to make soybeans into lotion. Soybean Checkoff Dollars help to support these ag literacy efforts.  For more information on how the IAA Foundation supports agriculture and soybean growers, click here.

NOMINATE A CCA FOR THE 2020 SOYBEAN MASTER ADVISER AWARD

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2020 Soybean Master Adviser award. Presented by the Illinois Soybean Association, the Soybean Master Adviser award recognizes a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) for the CCA’s dedication to the soybean industry and passion for improving soybean management practices. Any Illinois CCA with an active certification and who works with farmers to improve soybean production can be nominated. Nominations are due by Jan. 10, and the entry form can be downloaded online.

CHICAGOLAND BOASTS TOP GREEN FLEETS

Three Chicago-area fleets and B20 Club members rank among the nation’s 25 Top Green Fleets of 2019, according to Heavy Duty Trucking magazine. The Village of Arlington Heights, Village of Oak Park and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County were recognized for their long-term commitments to sustainability using B20 biodiesel made from soybeans. You can learn more about these fleets and their commitment to cleaner, healthier air for the citizens of their communities here.

UNDERSTANDING CROP NUTRIENTS

The elements around us play an essential role in life and soybean plant health. In his latest blog, Todd Steinacher breaks down the 17 essential elements and their impact on growing productive and profitable soybeans. Read Steinacher’s article, and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice on www.ILSoyAdvisor.com.

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.

REMINDER: 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.

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