Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - December 15, 2017

December 15, 2017

ISA Leads Smart Farming Insights Summit in Chicago

ISA hosted a successful Insights Summit (formerly Soy 2020), Dec. 12, at its Chicago office. Many industry representatives and farmer leaders gathered to discuss “smart farming” and listen to thought leaders from Microsoft, Iteris Inc., Environmental Tillage Systems and WinField United. Leaders shared their views on the current and future state of agriculture, including data management, artificial intelligence and future investments, considered what the future of smart farming really holds and discussed how ISA can play a role. For more information, contact Kelsie McEndaffer or 612-760-4435.

Illinois Farm Leader Joins ASA DuPont Young Leader Class

The 34th class of American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young leaders recently began their leadership journey at DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa.  Representing Illinois in the program is Joshua Plunk from Mansfield, Ill. The Johnston training session was the first phase of a program designed to identify new and aspiring leaders within the agriculture community and provide them with opportunities to enhance their skills and network with other growers. This year’s class of Young Leaders will complete their training Feb. 25 – March 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif., in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show. 

ISA Leaders Monitor Poultry Industry Export Markets

Several ISA directors and representatives received updates this week on U.S. chicken, turkey and egg exports at the U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) winter meeting in Washington, D.C. Many key international markets are opening up following the latest round of Avian Influenza in the U.S. last spring. South Korea, one market where the ISA checkoff program invests, reopened in August. In addition, since Mexico is a top market for U.S. poultry, the industry is watching NAFTA discussions closely. Poultry consumes about 54 percent of the soybean meal fed in the U.S., so supporting their end markets translates to domestic soybean meal demand.

ISA's B20 Club Partner Receives Nod for Promoting Clean Fuels

ISA's B20 Club partner, The American Lung Association of Illinois (ALAIL), was named the 2017 Clean Fuels Champion by the Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC), a nonprofit coalition dedicated to promoting clean-air solutions for the city. ALAIL was recognized for its efforts to encourage cleaner-burning fuel choices, including promoting use of biodiesel through its B20 Club partnership with ISA. ALAIL also oversees the Clean Air Choice program. To read more about the award, click here.

ISG Schedules Annual Policy Session and Meeting

Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) members are invited to attend the ISG Policy Session Feb. 8, 2018, at the ISA office in Bloomington from 8 a.m.–11 a.m. The purpose of the session is to allow ISG members and the board to review current ASA Resolutions for changes and amendments that will be presented at Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 27- March 1. The resolutions are available to view here or you may contact Andrew Larson at 309-808-3612 and he will email the file. The ISG annual meeting will be held following the resolutions. The purpose is to provide reports on association activities, approve the acts and deeds of directors and staff, and to transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting. Contact Dustin Scott at 309-808-3603 by Feb. 1, if you plan to attend. 

Deadline to Nominate CCA for Soybean Master Adviser is Monday

Do you know an experienced Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) in Illinois who has a passion for soybean management? Nominate him or her for the annual Soybean Master Adviser award, presented by the ISA checkoff program. The award is part of ISA’s effort to recognize CCAs for their contribution to soybean production in Illinois. Interested Illinois CCAs whose certification is active and who are involved in soybean management are eligible. To nominate a CCA, complete the nomination form, provide a few examples of work and explain why the CCA deserves the award. The Soybean Master Adviser award winner will be selected by a panel of ISA board members, Illinois CCA board members and university professionals. Nominations are open until Dec. 18, 2017. Visit ilsoy.org/master_adviser for details. 

Register Now for Local Dicamba Training Sessions 

Anyone who purchases or applies any dicamba product in 2018 must be licensed by the State of Illinois as either a private or commercial applicator. Various groups and companies are hosting application training sessions across the state. All farmers and applicators are encouraged to sign up for training as soon as possible. For specific dates, locations and costs, click here.

Grain Handlers Prepare for New Electronic Logging Device Regulation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will soon require truck drivers to replace paper logs with electronic logging devices (ELDs). ELDs are designed to improve road safety by more accurately tracking a driver’s time behind the wheel. Find out how these new regulations will affect agriculture.

ISA Crop Sciences Scholarship Applications Available

ISA’s crop sciences scholarship applications are now available through the IAA Foundation. A listing of the eligibility guidelines and application documents are available at www.iaafoundation.org. Completed applications must be submitted online by Feb. 1, 2018. For more information, contact the IAA Foundation at 309-557-2230, or email Jessie Denny or Angel Terrell.

Conservation Cropping Seminars Offer Innovative Ideas

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, American Farmland Trust, the Illinois Department of Agriculture and other groups have announced the fifth annual Conservation Cropping Seminars. The events will be held Jan. 23 in Kankakee, Jan. 24 in Olney and Jan. 25 in Peoria. Farmers can learn from industry, academic and farmer experts, including nationally renowned cover crop coach Steve Groff. For complete agendas and to register, click here.

The Nature Conservancy Offers Advanced Soil Health Training

Those interested in comprehensive information on soil health can apply to participate in The Nature Conservancy’s 18-month advanced soil training course. The course is designed for candidates with prior experience in cover crops and soils training. It will provide knowledge on physical, biological and chemical characteristics of the soil and management systems that farmers can employ to improve soil health. The program includes six in-person workshops. For information and an application, contact Megan Baskerville of The Nature Conservancy in Illinois.

Register to Attend the 2018 ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit

The 2018 ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit will provide tips to build bigger yields and better profits. The event will be held Jan. 11 at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre in Springfield. Farmer will learn about the latest technologies and management to shatter soybean yield barriers, including boron use, a risk management and commodity outlook, and habits of financially resilient farmers. Certified Crop Advisers may earn up to seven hours of CEUs for individual breakout sessions. Attendance is free and includes complimentary breakfast and lunch. View the agenda and register online or by calling 888-826-4011.

Better Beans Series Offers Local Solutions for On-Farm Management

The ISA checkoff program will offer local agronomic solutions to your world of needs through a series of local, winter meetings. ILSoyAdvisor will bring the latest management research and advice to: Jan. 30, Polo; Jan. 31, Mendota; Feb. 1, Jacksonville; Feb. 6, Altamont; and Feb. 22, Fairview Heights.  CCAs can earn up to four CEU credits for attending this event. Preview the events and save your spot here.

Contribute to Farmer Research

Researchers from Purdue University and Illinois State University are conducting a study on the personality traits of U.S. farmers, and input is needed for successful data collection. The online questionnaire takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Please follow this link to take the survey.

Winter Webinar Series Offers Valuable Soybean Management Tips

ILSoyAdvisor is offering a series of virtual learning experiences this winter. First up is the Habits of Financially Resilient Farmers, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. Join Gary Schnitkey, Ph.D., from the University of Illinois, as he explains the seven habits of financially resilient farmers. He also will discuss the importance of monitoring cash flow and assessing risk management. One CEU in professional development management is available. Register here.  

Farmer Profitability Roadshow Coming in February

Through price swings, weather concerns and everything else farmers face, some farmers achieve better profits than average. How do they do it? Join ISA, University of Illinois professor Gary Schnitkey, FBFM and other financial experts for a “Resilient Farmer Roadshow—Building Habits to Be a Successful Risk Manager.” Coming mid-February to Dekalb, Galesburg, Bloomington, Altamont and Mt. Vernon, contact Mark Ingbritson for more information.

Help Lead Soybean Industry with the ISA Board

ISA will have five director positions open when the current fiscal year ends Aug. 31, 2018. The process for district director elections officially begins in April 2018. Districts with openings are District 10, representing Christian, Dewitt, Macon, Moultrie and Shelby counties; District 16, representing Clay, Edwards, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne and White counties; and District 17, representing Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph and Washington counties. The process for at-large director elections officially begins in February 2018. Two nominees from the application pool will be elected by a majority of soybean farmers in attendance at the annual meeting, Aug. 1, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. No write-in provision exists for at-large directors. For more information, contact Angel Terrell.

Do You Belong to the Illinois Soybean Growers?

To bring farmers the most value possible, Illinois Soybean Growers has two membership options: policy membership and informational membership. Membership in ASA is included with both options. Contact the ISG office at 888-826-4011 for more details and to join or renew. 

Farmers Invited to Join ISG’s Political Action Committee

Illinois soybean farmers are invited to participate in the Illinois Soybean Growers Political Action Committee (ISGPAC). ISGPAC provides farmers with strong involvement in political races, and a direct pipeline to tell legislators about the issues that matter most to Illinois farmers: transportation efficiency, expanding animal agriculture, worldwide market access support, biodiesel, trade, energy, taxes and ag research. Farmers directly can support legislators who take a leadership role on soybean priorities and policies. 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

Start #2018 with the best #Soybean knowledge in your back pocket. Register to attend the ISA #SoybeanSummit next month: http://bit.ly/SoySummit18. Check out the tweet here. Follow @ILSoyAdvisor on Twitter for more soybean updates daily.