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Soybean Weekly Update - January 19, 2018

January 19, 2018

Act Today to Urge Congress to Reinstate the Biodiesel Tax Credit

The year 2017 ended without a biodiesel tax credit. The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are in session and negotiating packages to fund the government that are set to expire today, Jan. 19. Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) encourages farmers to take action today. Submit a letter to your federal legislators urging them to keep the tax extenders, including the biodiesel tax credit.

ISA Invests in Biodiesel as National Biodiesel Conference & Expo Sponsor

ISA is a gold level sponsor at this year’s National Biodiesel Conference, Jan. 22-25 in Fort Worth, Texas. It’s part of the ISA checkoff program’s continued investment in biodiesel as a market outlet for Illinois soybeans. Several ISA representatives, including members of the B20 Club, will be attending to get the latest information about the national biodiesel industry. They’ll also connect with technical experts, biodiesel companies, government officials and others who influence biodiesel use. Workshops and breakout sessions offer attendees information on the evolving biodiesel industry as well and its role in the nation’s future. To learn more about the conference, visit the website.

ISA Supports 2018 Illinois Pork Expo

The 2018 Illinois Pork Expo will be held Feb.6 and 7 at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield, Ill. The ISA checkoff program will join more than 170 exhibitors to help farmers learn about diversification, expansion and improvement opportunities related to pork production. Illinois ranks fourth in pork production within the U.S., and the industry relies on soybean meal as a key feed ingredient. To register or learn more about seminars and events, visit www.ilpork.com.

Expect More Efficient Hauls with New Law on Length Uniformity  

Illinois farmers can more efficiently transport crops to market now, thanks to a new Illinois law that took effect Jan. 1. Bumper-to-bumper truck length has increased from 55 feet to 65 feet, which makes truck length on local roads uniform with the length allowed on the state highway system.

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.

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. 

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.

Get Localized Soybean Management Advice through Better Beans Series

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.

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.

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.

Consider the Membership Options for 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. 

Join ISG’s Political Action Committee Today

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

Now that #SoySummit18 is over, it's time to #GoLocal with the #BetterBeans series. We're coming to a town near you - learn more at http://bit.ly/BetterBeans. Check out the tweet here. Follow @ILSoyAdvisor on Twitter for daily soybean updates.