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Soybean Weekly Update - January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

ISB Seeks Soybean Farmers for USB Nomination

The Illinois Soybean Board (ISB) is looking for farmers interested in filling one of Illinois' four director positions with the United Soybean Board (USB). Lynn Rohrscheib, soybean farmer from Fairmount, Ill., is eligible for another term. Any soybean farmer affected by the soybean checkoff is eligible to serve. To be considered, farmers must complete the required application and "Agreement to Serve" statement and return them to ISA office by Feb. 23, 2018. The ISB Board of Directors will submit to USDA a "first preferred choice nominee" and "second preferred choice alternate" for the open position. The Secretary of Agriculture will make final appointments, and the chosen individual will begin serving a three-year term in December 2018. Each individual appointed is eligible to serve a total of three terms. Download the documents at www.ilsoy.org/_data/files/isa/USB/USB%20Forms.pdf. You also may contact the ISA office for additional information at 309-663-7692.

Illinois Leader Ron Moore Named to FSA Committee

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue recently named his picks from across the country of farm leaders who will serve as Farm Service Agency committee members. Former ISA and American Soybean Association President Ron Moore from Roseville will serve on the committee in Illinois, along with Martin Barbre, an Illinois farmer and former president of the National Corn Growers Association. In a statement, Perdue said the appointees will “serve as a liaison between USDA and the producers in each state across the nation by keeping them informed and hearing their appeals and complaints.”

ISA Leads Trip to See Tuna Soy-Based Feeding Trial

The ISA checkoff program this week led a group to observe research feeding trials of ranched tuna in the Coronado Islands, Mexico. The trip brought together stakeholders and research partners, including other state soybean groups that have joined the ISA checkoff program in funding phase two of the research, and industry members from feed development and aquaculture. The research holds potential to improve the sustainability of tuna ranching and fills a gap in alternative protein research for the species. The trip included a visit to the manufacturing facility currently mixing the soy-based feed and tasting sashimi from the tune on formulated feed. This commercial feeding trial represents the next step toward creating more sustainable rations for tuna and a new market for soy protein.

ISA Hosts South Korean Buyers in Chicago

The ISA checkoff program hosted the first trade team of 2018 on Jan. 8. Soybean crushers and oil buyers from South Korea participated in a U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) trade mission that included a stop in Chicago to meet with ISA leaders. The group received answers to their many questions about quality and transportation. The visit also strengthened their relationship with Illinois soybean farmers. For more information about the visit, contact David Headley.

ComEd Discusses Environmental and Economic Benefits of B20

B20 Club Member Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) provides electric service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois and annually uses more than one million gallons of B20 to serve its customers. ComEd fleet managers are committed to reducing their environmental footprint and biodiesel is a component of that strategy. On top of environmental benefits, ComEd has seen performance and economic benefits from biodiesel. See more about ComEd’s B20 story in this video.

All Dicamba Applicators Need to Attend Training

Based on an October ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), all private and commercial applicators of dicamba must be trained on proper application. Several training sessions are available throughout the state during the winter months. Each class will last approximately 90 minutes and participants will receive a certificate for recordkeeping purposes. Sign up to attend a session near you.

ISA Crop Sciences Scholarship Applications Due Feb. 1

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. For more information, contact Angel Terrell.

RSVP to Attend ISG Annual Policy Session and Meeting

Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) members are invited to attend the ISG Policy Session Feb. 8 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. 

Better Beans Series Offers Local Management Solutions

The ISA checkoff program will offer local agronomic solutions to issues on your farm during a series of half-day 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. Registration is now open here.

Double-Cropping Conference Offers Profitability Tactics

ISA, along with the Illinois Wheat Association, will host the second annual double-crop conference in Mt. Vernon, Ill., on Feb. 7. The one-day conference will bring growers and industry experts together to discuss challenges and tips for successful double-crop systems. Growers will walk away with enhanced knowledge for improving yield and profitability of the rotation. The informational conference will be held from 8 a.m.to 3 p.m., includes lunch and will offer 5.5 CEUs for CCAs. Partially funded by the checkoff programs, registration is $20 to cover meal costs. Register online here or by calling 888-826-4011.

Farmer Profitability Roadshow Registration is Open

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, click here for dates, more information and registration details.

Netflix Releases “Rotten”, the Food Documentary Series

Released Jan. 5, Netflix' food documentary series ”Rotten” aims to raise awareness of problems claimed to be afflicting the global food chain. The six-part docuseries looks at peanuts, chickens, milk, honey, garlic and cod. It portrays a food industry in crisis, stating that fraud is rampant, profits reign supreme and small farms struggle. As the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) reminds farmers, share personal farming stories through blogging, social media and contributing to the food conversation.

Winter Webinars Offer Valuable Soybean Management Tips

ILSoyAdvisor is offering a series of virtual learning experiences. Coming next month is What We’ve Learned from Nitrogen-on-Beans Research, Feb. 21, at 10:30 a.m. Tim Smith from Cropsmith and Fred Below, Ph.D., from the University of Illinois, will discuss their research on applying nitrogen on soybeans, when it makes sense to use it, the optimal timing and application rates and what role soil plays in providing additional nitrogen. One CEU in nutrient management is available. Register here. Soil Health, Soil Respiration and Nutrient Cycling will take place Mar. 7 at 10 a.m. Will Brinton of Wood End Laboratories will explain the importance of various soil tests and how they relate to overall soil health and productivity. One CEU in soil and water management is available. Register here. The Role Cover Crops Play in Soil Health session is slated for Mar. 21 at 10 a.m. Learn about the benefits of cover crops from Scott Wohltman of La Crosse Seeds. Wohltman also will discuss how growers can integrate cover crops into their operation. One CEU in soil and water management is available. Register here.

EQIP Funds Available to Farmers in Macoupin Watershed

Farmers in the Macoupin Watershed area may apply for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds for technical and financial assistance to improve on-farm soil and water quality by implementing improvements such as drainage water management, bioreactors, saturated buffers, cover crops, nutrient management techniques and no-till systems. The program is made possible by a partnership between the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and American Farmland Trust. Eligible farmers should apply between Jan. 19 and March 16, 2018. Contact the NRCS Carlinville field office, 300 Carlinville Plaza, Carlinville, Ill. 62626, or call 217-854-2626, extension 3.

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. 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

Wondering what you should know about #nitrogen on beans? This webinar on Feb. 21 will present the latest research and findings for your management strategy: http://bit.ly/FEBWebinar. Check out the tweet here. Follow @ILSoyAdvisor on Twitter for daily soybean updates.