Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - December 8, 2017

December 08, 2017

ISA Chairwoman Receives Young Leader Achievement Award

Lynn Rohrscheib, ISA chairwoman and farmer from Fairmount, Ill., received the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Achievement Award at the Illinois Farm Bureau annual meeting this week. The award recognizes young Farm Bureau members who demonstrate leadership in the ag industry. She will represent Illinois at the national level during the American Farm Bureau Federation meeting in January. 

Illinois Farmers Continue National Leadership Tradition

Dan Farney, soybean farmer from Morton, Ill., and past ISA director, was elected to serve as treasurer for the United Soybean Board this week. Farney is one of four Illinois farmers who sits on the board. In addition, ISA farmer leaders thank Ron Moore, Roseville, Ill., farmer for his service as president of the American Soybean Association (ASA). Moore also is a previous ISA director and chairman. Jered Hooker, ISA director from Clinton, Ill., was named to the ASA board as well.

ISG Schedules Annual Policy Session and Meeting

Illinois Soybean Growers 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, California in February 27- March 1.  The resolutions are available for viewing at www.ilsoygrowers.com. You also may contact Andrew Larson at 309-808-3612 and he will email you 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 the 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. 

ISA Hosts Record Number of Trade Team Participants

The ISA checkoff program during 2017 has welcomed more than 700 trade team delegates to Illinois. These soybean buyers, trade officials and other members of the agriculture industry came from 27 countries. While here, they learned about the dependable, high-quality, sustainable soybeans grown in Illinois. These visits build and strengthen relationships with current and potential customers. Many international teams made a point to visit with Illinois soybean farmers while in Illinois and the U.S. for other events like the 2017 Farm Progress Show, World Pork Expo and the Global Soy Exchange. For more information about trade team visits, contact David Headley.

ISA Crop Sciences Scholarship Applications Now 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.

CCA Award Nominations Close Dec. 18

  • Nominations for the annual Illinois CCA Soybean Master Adviser Award will close Monday, Dec. 18. Don’t miss your chance to nominate a dedicated CCA.
  • CCAs play a significant role in Illinois soybean production, as trusted resources offering insight and advice on production practices and strategies to improve yield and profitability.
  • The Illinois Soybean Association recognizes their important role and annually sponsors this award for an Illinois CCA who goes above and beyond.
  • Nominations are due this weekend. Find out more details and fill out the nomination form at  ilsoy.org/master_adviser

Trade Commission Vote Supports U.S. Biodiesel Industry

The International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 4-0 this week to address the unfair trade subsidies on biodiesel imported from Argentina and Indonesia into the U.S. Foreign government subsidies have made it difficult for U.S. biodiesel producers to compete with imported products. As a result of the decision, importers of Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel will pay duties on the imported biodiesel, leveling the playing field for U.S. producers. Read the press release from the National Biodiesel Board here.

GROWMARK Now Providing Top Tier Diesel Fuel Blended with Biodiesel

GROWMARK, Inc., Illinois agricultural cooperative and ISA B20 Club Associate Member, is now blending biodiesel into Top Tier Diesel Fuel. By blending Top Tier Diesel Fuel with biodiesel, GROWMARK is adding the higher cetane, improved lubricity and cleaner burning benefits of biodiesel. Read the press release from the National Biodiesel Board here.

Voice for Soy Advocacy Champions Lead Grassroots Efforts

Throughout 2017, nine farmer-leaders engaged friends, family and fellow farmers to make their voices heard on state and national issues directly impacting their operations. From biodiesel tax credits to Waters of the United States (WOTUS), these grassroots efforts multiplied farmer voices in Springfield and Washington, D.C. Sherry Flack, Voice for Soy Advocacy Champion and farmer from Shannon, Ill., led her friends and family to the most Voice for Soy actions in 2017. Thank you, Sherry! Do you want to be an advocacy leader, too? Email Joy Benning to become a Voice for Soy Advocacy Champion.

Prepare Your Farm for Mother Nature

Weather patterns in the Midwest are rapidly changing and shifts may be seen for the foreseeable future. Remain productive and profitable by attending the Wetlands Initiative weather-readiness event Dec. 12, in Princeton, Ill., at the Bureau County Metro Center from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Jim Angel, Illinois State climatologist; Jim Isermann of the Soil Heath Partnership and Jill Kostel of the Wetlands Initiative will present. Get the details here and email jmcguire@wetlands-initiative.org to register.

New Guides Offer Simple Solutions to Enhancing Soil Health

The Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) has developed a guide for first-time cover croppers. The publication is a great step-by-step guide for those who are interested in planting cover crops but are not sure where to start. Download a copy here. American Farmland Trust also just released a series of “recipes” for conservation cropping practices. From reduced tillage to cover crops and more, these step-by-step guides help farmers stack practices that enhance soil health, protect water quality and increase profitability over time. Learn more on their website. Finally, ISA’s own BMP Getting Started Guide outlines several practices to enhance soil health and protect water quality.

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.

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.  

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.

ISA Tweet of the Week

ISA Chairwoman Lynn Rohrscheib recognized for leadership with the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Achievement Award  https://twitter.com/ILSoybean/status/937811267410169857.

ILSoyAdvisor Tweet of the Week

Do you know where Illinois sits, in dealing with #SCN? Here's up-to-date research: http://bit.ly/2zDRkZF.  Check out the tweet here. Follow @ILSoyAdvisor on Twitter for more soybean updates daily.