Weekly Update

November 29, 2018

11-29-18 Weekly Update

ISA Leaders Connect with Diverse Soy Buyers
ISA board members and staff this week are attending the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) conference for European, Middle Eastern and North African soybean buyers in Barcelona, Spain. The ISA team toured a Bunge soybean processing facility at the Port of Barcelona, explored the Port of Tarrogona and visited a regional cooperative. ISA director Stan Born spoke to the roughly 300 soybean buyers, sellers and industry stakeholders attending this U.S. Soy Trade Exchange. U.S. soybean exports have grown to countries in these global regions, but this event aims to continue the growth and strengthen long-term relationships with new U.S. soy buyers. For details, contact David Headley.

ISA Names 2019-2020 Soy Ambassador Leadership Class
ISA has announced its 2019-2020 Soy Ambassador Leadership Program participants. Seven individuals will take part in the training sponsored by the ISA checkoff and membership programs. They include Chandler Bane, Josh Griffin, Jake Heeren, Michael Moore, Jacob Schmidgall, Grant Strom and Brock Willard. The two-year schedule of events gives participants opportunities to gain leadership expertise, industry exposure and a global perspective. Ambassadors discover challenges and opportunities facing the soybean industry by attending and engaging at key soybean events, including an international trip to see first-hand how ISA invests checkoff dollars outside the country. Learn more about these up-and-coming leaders here.

Nominate a CCA for 2019 Soybean Master Adviser Award
Know an experienced Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) with a passion for soybean management? Nominate them for the annual Soybean Master Adviser award, presented by the ISA checkoff program. Any Illinois CCA whose certification is active and who is interested and involved in soybean management and works with farmers can be nominated. Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of ISA board members, Illinois CCA board members and university professionals. Nominations are open until January 10. Visit www.ILSoyAdvisor.com to download the form.

Make Plans to Attend ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit
The annual ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit will be held Feb. 5 at the Crowne Plaza Springfield in Springfield, Ill. The event will run from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s Summit will educate producers and production industry participants on various management techniques that can lead to higher yields and greater profitability, including marketing in times of tariffs and low commodity prices, discovering new trends and techniques to help boost potential and break yield barriers, technology and innovation in the race to gain efficiency, harnessing data to make more profitable management decisions and finding new ways to overcome production challenges and meet growing global demand. CCAs can earn continuing education unit credits for each breakout session. Register online and check back regularly for the detailed agenda to come.

Better Beans are Back This Winter
Attendees to the Better Beans Series (BBS) events can see producer soybean checkoff dollars at work next year, providing local solutions to your world of needs. ILSoyAdvisor will bring the latest research and advice on soybean management practices to five Illinois communities: Jan. 16 – Carlyle; Jan. 17 – Rockford; Feb. 13 – Quincy; Feb. 19 – Peoria; and Feb. 21 – Champaign. Click here to register and see the agendas and event co-hosts for each location.  

Do Soybeans Need Amino Acid Supplements?
ISA’s Dan Davidson answers that reader’s question in his latest blog. Davidson shares advice from soybean specialists and investigates the benefits and negatives of supplementing with amino acids. Read more and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice here.

Free Webinar Covers Amazing 2018 Soybean Season: Lessons for 2019
ILSoyAdvisor will host a webinar investigating what turned this season into one of the best on record, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. Emerson Nafziger will attempt to sort out weather and management factors that might have contributed to the success earned in 2018 as producers prepare for 2019. CCAs can earn one continuing education unit credit in crop management. Register online.

IFCA Slates December Dicamba Label Training
Dicamba label training workshops sponsored by the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) are Dec. 4 in Utica, Ill., and Dec. 11 in Champaign, Ill. Certified applicators who apply dicamba to soybeans in 2019 must attend a training or complete training online when available. Seats are limited, so click here to register.

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
Jim Sutter @USSEC outlines the industry's strategy to maintain global market share amidst trade challenges https://bit.ly/2Bawhyi. See more tweets from @ILSoyAdvisor and follow along on Twitter.