Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - January 6, 2012

January 06, 2012

ISA Joins Field to Market, The Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

ISA has joined the steering committee of Field to Market, the Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture.  The Field to Market steering committee includes growers, conservation organizations and companies throughout the agriculture and food supply chain, as well as university and agency partners, tasked with defining sustainable food production and encouraging implementation of more sustainable production methods.  Field to Market, The Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, works toward solutions to the ongoing challenge of providing adequate food, fiber and fuel to a growing world population while preserving scarce natural resources.   As a Field to Market member, ISA will help develop measurement tools and resources for both growers and the supply chain that track continuous improvement in sustainable food production.  Additional information is found at www.fieldtomarket.org.

ISA to Host Strategic Soy Transportation Solutions Focus Group

ISA will host a strategic intermodal and multimodal soy transportation solutions focus group, January 17, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Peoria.  Participants will be invited to share perspectives and to help ISA develop a strategic transportation plan.  Discussion will focus on containerization, weight limits, transportation infrastructure, sustaining quality of the delivered product, and identifying efficiencies such as matching head hauls with back hauls for members.  The focus group is the second to be held in the state as part of ISA's 2011-2012 research efforts.  Participants will need to RSVP to Nancy Gargano at garganon@ilsoy.org by January 10, 2012.

ISA Seeks Applicants for Crop Sciences Scholarships for 2012-13 School Year

ISA will offer college scholarships to students interested in studying crop sciences at specific Illinois universities for 2012-13.  Ten, $4,000 scholarships will be awarded to students majoring in crop sciences at Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Western Illinois University or the University of Illinois.  All applicants must be students beginning their junior year or transfer students enrolling at one of the approved universities as a junior.  Guidelines, applications and an activities template are now available.  Completed applications must be postmarked on or before February 1, 2012.  Questions may be directed to the IAA Foundation office at 309-557-2230, or by sending an e-mail to charmsgarman@ilfb.org.  Successful scholarship recipients will be notified by May 1, 2012.

Register for Commodity Classic by January 20 and Save

Registration is open for the 2012 Commodity Classic, which will be held March 1-3 in Nashville, Tenn.  The three-day event will include valuable education sessions, an extensive trade show and an opening keynote address by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.  Farmers can take advantage of an early registration rate by registering online before Jan. 20.  More information is found on the Commodity Classic website.


GROWMARK Launches New History Website

In honor of the GROWMARK System's 85th anniversary, a new history section has been added to the cooperative's website.  The "Our History" site is designed to be as easy to use for people who want a little information as for those who want to dig deeply into the rich history of the system.  Users will find seven "eras," chosen by significant events which affected the cooperative as it grew from the 1920s into today's system.  Each era includes a written narrative and a timeline. Video interviews with former chairmen of the board and chief executive officers also are included in relation to important
events.  More videos and photographs will continue to be added to the link in the coming months.


ADM will Reopen Galesburg Facility as Elevator

ADM announced late last month it will reopen its shuttered soybean processing facility in Galesburg, Ill., by July of this year as a grain elevator.  The new facility will employ five people.  The Decatur-based firm had notified its 31 employees last August that the soybean processing facility was closing.