Soybean Weekly Update: March 7, 2019

March 7, 2019

ISA Supports Poultry Exports through USAPEEC Pavilion at Gulfood 2019

Gulfood 2019, a four-day global food trade show held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, recently hosted more than 100,000 visitors, including U.S. food companies connecting with international customers. The U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) Pavilion included exhibits from 15 member food companies like Perdue Foods, Tyson Foods and AJC International. The pavilion’s upper deck, funded in part by the ISA checkoff program, featured meeting space used to full capacity during the show. Discussions between companies, importers and government officials fostered export deals and progress on trade issues. The poultry industry consumes 54 percent of the soybean meal fed in the U.S., and growing global demand increases this key market.

REG to Open Diesel Fueling Station

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG), a leading U.S. biodiesel producer, is building its first biodiesel fueling station in Seneca, Illinois. The fueling station is adjacent to REG’s 60 million gallon-per-year biorefinery, which has produced biodiesel for more than a decade. It will serve the community, as well as truck drivers who pick up and deliver goods at the refinery. “This station will help lower emissions in the city as well as support our local farmers who provide the inputs, or feedstocks, we use to produce our biodiesel,” says REG Plant Manager Tim Mann. Jeff Lynn, ISA director, and Mark Albertson, ISA director of strategic market development, were on hand last Friday for an open house to kick off construction of the new facility.

Review Upcoming Technology Choices in Soybeans

With herbicide options for soybean producers expanding, the decision on which variety to use is becoming more complex. Samantha Schmidgall takes a look at five factors producers should consider when selecting a program, as well as upcoming technology impacting farmer decisions. Get the latest local, in-season actionable advice on

Webinar Next Week Covers Aggregation for Soil Health

Learn what aggregates are and the important role they play in healthy soil during a webinar on March 13 at 10 a.m. Abbey Wick, North Dakota State University, will start with the basics of how aggregates form, what stabilizes them and how they naturally turn over with time. For more information or to register for the webinar, click here.

Applications for Ag Voices of the Future Due March 13

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is accepting applications for the Ag Voices of the Future program sponsored by Valent USA. The program is for young people interested in improving understanding of major policy issues that impact soybean farmers, the importance of advocacy and careers that can impact ag policy. The class will be held with the ASA Board Meeting and Soy Issues Briefing, July 22-25, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Students must be at least 18 years old. To apply, visit the website here, click on the green “Apply Now” button, and submit an application by March 13. Class size is limited. For details, visit the ASA website

Share Your Opinion with ISA for Chance to Win Yeti Cooler

ISA would value the opinion of Illinois soybean producers on a few industry issues. Answer just nine simple questions, and we’ll enter your name in a drawing for a handy YETI Roadie 20 Cooler valued at $199. Respond here today, so ISA can serve you better into the future.

Watch for ISA District Director Information in April

ISA board seats representing districts 3, 4, 6, 8, 15 and 18 are up for election this year. John Longley (District 3), Sharon Covert, (District 4), Dale Asher (District 8) and Daryl Cates (District 15) will all term off the board during ISA’s July 2019 meeting in Champaign, Ill.  Jim Martin (District 6) and Rick Rubenacker (District 18) are eligible for re-election. 

  • District 3: Henderson, Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, Stark, Warren and Whiteside
  • District 4: Bureau, Grundy, Kendall and LaSalle counties
  • District 6: Livingston, McLean and Woodford counties
  • District 8: Adams, Brown, Hancock, McDonough and Schuyler counties
  • District 15: Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties
  • District 18: Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union and Williamson counties

The ISA board is comprised of 18 district directors and six at-large directors. Eligibility to serve requires candidates be Illinois residents of legal voting age that contribute to the soybean checkoff. District candidates must be residents in the district sought to represent.

Board members serve a term of three years, and are eligible for up to two terms.  The average board member devotes 30 days per year attending functions representing ISA. Official notice for district directors will be announced by the Illinois Department of Agriculture and ISA in April.

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.

ILSoyAdvisor Tweet of the Week

Weather challenges this fall could lead to less than 80% germ on soybean seed this spring. Read more here: See more tweets from @ILSoyAdvisor and follow along on Twitter.