Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update- August 12, 2016

August 12, 2016

ISA Leaders See Changing Face of Urban Agriculture

Members of the ISA executive committee recently toured the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) to learn about their unique brand of hands-on learning that is changing the face of urban agriculture.  Students led the tour and shared their interests and projects in areas that include horticulture, ag mechanics and technology and ag education.  CHSAS sits on 78 acres in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood of Chicago.  The school includes a 39-acre working farm, livestock barn, farm stand and numerous laboratories and classrooms.

“Soy in the City” Partners with Mariano’s for Millennials Event

The ISA checkoff program hosted a taco Tuesday-themed lunch Aug. 9 at Mariano’s New City in Chicago to share with millennials how soybeans impact their daily lives.  This Soy in the City event allowed grocery shoppers and lunch goers to engage with Illinois soybean farmer Elliott Uphoff.  ISA shared Soy in the City reusable grocery bags with information about soybeans’ role in food, kettle-cooked chips made with high oleic soybean oil and recipes.  Tofu and pork tacos inspired by a local Chicago chef were available and fed about 50 people.  Signage explained the benefits of soy in each.  Want to see other ways ISA is connecting with consumers?  Follow #SoyintheCity on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

ISA Congratulates Expanding Livestock Farmers

The Illinois Livestock Development Group (ILDG) has coordinated multiple open houses for new hog and cattle barns this summer.  The ISA checkoff program publicly congratulates these families as they welcome their neighbors inside the new barns.  Pigs eat 74 percent of the soybean meal fed in Illinois, and cattle consume another 12 percent, making them valuable markets for Illinois soybeans.  As ILDG continues to tell the positive story of livestock in Illinois, Illinois soybean farmers will have more opportunities to attend open houses and demonstrate support for these top customers.

Cover Crop Survey Reflects Enthusiasm for Soil-Saving Practice

The recently released Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) and Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) Cover Crop Survey reflects enthusiasm for cover crops.  The survey includes insight from 2,020 farmers from across the country.  The average acres of cover crop planted per farm increased from 298 acres in 2015 to 339 acres in 2016.  For the fourth year in a row, farmers found a yield boost in corn and soybeans following cover crops.  Download the full report here

Nominations Open for the 4R Advocate Program

The Fertilizer Institute is accepting nominations for its 4R Advocate program to recognize agricultural retailers and producers that have established nutrient stewardship practices in their operations.  Winners will be recognized for their efforts, and will travel to the 2017 Commodity Classic, March 2-4, 2017, in San Antonio.  Winners will be recognized during a banquet at that time.  Click here for more information.

Register for Conservation Cropping Summer Bus Tour

A conservation cropping bus tour will be held Aug. 31 to give participants the opportunity to visit three different sites and learn how cover crops can lead to healthier soils.  The free tour from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. will be held at the Illinois State University Research Farm in Lexington.  Four continuing education units (CEUs) are available.  To register, call the McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District at 309-452-0830 ext. 3 by Aug. 18.  Tour sponsors include Illinois Council on Best Management Practices, American Farmland Trust, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service, Illinois State University Department of Agriculture, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District.

B20 Club Stakeholders Discuss Future Plans

The B20 Club, which is an organization created out of the partnership between the American Lung Association of Illinois and the ISA checkoff program, met Aug. 11 to discuss future plans.  The B20 Club encourages companies with fleets of diesel vehicles to switch to B20 biodiesel blends.  Representatives of the groups and members of the media also toured the REG biodiesel facility.

Farmers Invited to Attend Illinois Wheat Forum

Illinois wheat producers and processors are invited to the Illinois Wheat Forum, Aug. 23 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Attendees will learn about soil health, market volatility, the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and crop insurance options, as well as get information about production challenges and research trials.  Registration is onsite and costs $15 for Illinois Wheat Association members or $30 for the general public.

Attend a Soil Health Field Day in August

The Soil Health Partnership is providing Illinois farmers several field days through September at locations around the state.  Upcoming dates include Aug. 15 in Hudson, Ill.; and Aug. 19 in Assumption, Ill.  Featured topics include cover crop management and machinery set-up, conservation tillage methods, advanced nutrient management, a soil pit to observe crop root growth and soil properties, and an update on water quality.  More information, dates and registration details are here.

Organizations Seek Conservation Legacy Award Nominees

Farmers who want to share their successful conservation management practices are eligible to apply for the Conservation Legacy Award.  Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input management, farmstead protection and conservation and environmental management.  Three regional winners and one national winner are selected.  Award winners receive an expense paid trip for two to Commodity Classic, March 2-4, 2017, in San Antonio, a feature about the farm and conservation practices in Corn & Soybean Digest and a special online video.  The Conservation Legacy Award is sponsored by the American Soybean Association, BASF, Corn & Soybean Digest, Monsanto, United Soybean Board/soybean checkoff and Valent.  More information is available here.  Applications are due Sept. 2, 2016.

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