Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - March 17, 2017

March 16, 2017

Comment Now: Tell EPA to Stop Insecticide Overreach

Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) urges farmers to submit a comment letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking that they reconsider the proposed environmental risk assessments of the pyrethroid class of insecticides, including bifenthrin.  This insecticide prevents insect damage on more than 14 million acres of crops nationwide, and is one of the few remaining options for insecticide rotation to prevent resistance. Visit Voice for Soy and take action now to make your voice heard.

March 18 is National Biodiesel Day

National Biodiesel Day is an annual celebration commemorating Rudolf Diesel’s birthday.  He invented the engine that bears his name.  The U.S. biodiesel industry supports 64,000 jobs and creates markets for soybean oil.  Check this release for profiles of five people who are part of U.S. biodiesel production.

Celebrate #NationalAgDay

From farmers and ranchers to manufacturers and food companies, National Ag Day is a time to celebrate all those doing their part to feed the world.  Celebrate on March 21 by sharing your ag pride through social media with #NationalAgDay.

USAPEEC Food Company Members Value ISA Investment in Gulfood 2017

During Gulfood 2017, 15 U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) food company members, including Perdue Foods and Tyson Foods, exhibited in the USAPEEC booth.  The annual global food trade show held in Dubai welcomed at least 100,000 visitors from around the world, and U.S. companies met with current and prospective customers to facilitate poultry exports.  The 2017 booth expanded with funding from the ISA checkoff program and the Indiana Soybean Alliance to have two conference rooms and additional meeting space used throughout the show.  The ISA checkoff program also funded promotion of Taste of the USA cooking demonstrations.  Poultry eat 54 percent of the soybean meal fed in the U.S., and growing export demand increases this market.

ASA Testifies to House Ag about Research Funding Value

American Soybean Association (ASA) Chairman Richard Wilkins, soybean farmer from Greenwood, Del., testified this week about the significant role public-sector research plays in continuing the stream of technological innovations that drive the agriculture industry.  Wilkins testified as vice president of the National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research (NCFAR) before the House Ag Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research.  Wilkins spoke to the user-driven nature of the public-sector research industry and how stakeholders within the farm-to-consumer supply chain benefit from robust ag research.  For a full transcript of Wilkins’ testimony, please click here.

ASA Establishes Policy Resolutions for 2017

Progressive policies for a strong farm safety net, increased funding for agricultural export programs, ambitious global trade negotiations, aggressive support for biodiesel policies and robust funding for agricultural research and conservation programs will guide the American Soybean Association (ASA) in 2017.  The 2017 Commodity Classic concluded with ASA’s voting delegates -- which represent its 26 state and regional affiliates including Illinois Soybean Growers -- gathered to decide policy priorities for the nation's soybean farmers in the coming year.  Debate on the coming farm bill guided the majority of new resolutions.  Many resolutions are focused on strengthening risk management programs, as well as other key programs for soybean farmers in the areas of trade, biofuels, conservation and research.

Gypsum ILSoyAdvisor Webinar Scheduled for Wednesday

ILSoyAdvisor will host a webinar funded by the ISA checkoff program on March 22.  From 10-11 a.m., Warren Dick from The Ohio State University will discuss gypsum, its benefits to soil, sources of gypsum, how it can be applied and how often, and how it helps trap phosphate in the field.  One continuing education unit (CEU) in soil and water management is available. Sign up here.

April Webinar to Evaluate Strategies to Increase Yields

AJ Woodyard, technical crop production specialist at BASF, will discuss management strategies for the 2017 soybean season during an ILSoyAdvisor webinar, April 4 from 10-11 a.m.  The presentation is based on research collected at the BASF Midwest Research Farm.  Woodyard will cover planting date, soybean population, maturity group, seed treatment, foliar fungicides and soybean fertility needs.  One CEU in crop management is available.  Sign up here.

Nominate Exceptional Growers for Recognition by Field to Market

Know an exceptional grower, who uses the Fieldprint Calculator and is worthy of recognition by the Field to Market organization?  The Farmer Spotlight program recognizes farmers committed to a journey of continuous improvement and sustainable outcomes for agriculture.  Nominate here by March 26. 

Consider Membership Program Options

To bring farmers the most value possible, Illinois Soybean Growers now has two membership options: policy membership and informational membership.  Membership in ASA is included with both options.  Contact Judy Smith at 309-808-3612 or 888-826-4011 for more details and to join or renew.  

Tweet of the Week

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