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Soybean Weekly Update - May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017

Join Discussion at June Critical Infrastructure Summit

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce to hold the First Annual Critical Infrastructure Conference June 6-7 in Collinsville, Ill.  The ISA checkoff program is helping sponsor this conference, which will bring together private industry, public officials and associations to discuss how to sustain, improve, fund and ensure resilience for Illinois’ transportation and utility infrastructure.  The conference includes a power plant and coal mine tour, along with a freight assets tour around the St. Louis Bi-State region.  Learn more and register here.

ISA Checkoff Support Bolsters Pork and Poultry Exports

The ISA checkoff program partners with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and the U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) to promote U.S. pork and poultry exports in key overseas markets.  In countries with USMEF and USAPEEC projects receiving ISA checkoff program support, pork and poultry exports have been increasing since 2008.  In 2016, pork exports set records in many markets, and poultry exports started recovering from the 2015 bird flu outbreak.  Poultry and pork production consume 87 percent of the soybean meal fed in Illinois.

Five Students Selected for ISA Crop Sciences Scholarships

ISA has chosen five college students to receive crop sciences scholarships for 2017-18. The scholarships are funded through the ISA checkoff program.  All are pursuing ag degrees, with concentrations in such areas as plant breeding, biotechnology, plant pathology, weed and crop management.  Awardees are Michael Bernard, Mazon, Illinois State University; Sarah Dintelman, Belleville, Southern Illinois University Carbondale; Matthew Reuss, Marissa, Illinois State; Matthew Runyon, Noble, University of Illinois; and Kelsey Smith, Pinckneyville, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

ISA Recognizes 2017 Corporate Partners

ISA is pleased to recognize the partners in its 2017 Corporate Partnership Program.  ISA joins with industry stakeholders to collaborate on education, research and legislative issues.  The 2017 program includes ADM at the Executive level; DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto/Asgrow at the Principal level; Bunge North America and Cargill at the Core level; StollerUSA at the Associate level; Bayer CropScience/ Credenz, BASF, Beck’s Hybrids, Dow AgroSciences, FMC, Syngenta, Terra Nova Research & Development Inc., Valent and Convey-All USA at the Affiliate level; and U.S. Borax, Rumbold & Kuhn, The Andersons Inc. and URSA Farmers Co-op at the Support level.

Enter the 2017 Yield Challenge and Find Your Edge

Illinois soybean farmers are encouraged to “find their edge” with the 2017 ILSoyAdvisor.com Yield Challenge contest that kicked off this month.  Farmers can enter the 100-Bushel Challenge, Crop District Contest or Side-by-Side Contest.  New this year is a Double-Crop Yield Contest.  There is no early entry form nor entry fee for 2017.  Details can be found here.

Ask BEN Your Biodiesel Questions

Have a question about biodiesel?  Check out BEN – the Biodiesel Education Network.  BEN is recognized as the nation’s most reliable and trusted source for biodiesel information.  Sign up for the BEN quarterly newsletter or submit technical questions here. The resource is made possible through an alliance between the National Biodiesel Board and the Petroleum Marketers Association of America.

IDOA Schedules Free Recycling Program for Agrichemical Containers

Farmers and agrichemical facilities should save empty agrichemical containers for recycling by the state. Containers are recycled to make shipping pallets, fence posts, drainage tubing, plastic lumber and other products.  During July and August, single-day collection sites will be open for dropping off containers. In addition, three permanent collection sites are located in Carrollton, Lawrenceville and Heyworth.  The entire list of sites is found here.  Metal and household pesticide containers are not eligible.  Collection sites will accept only high-density polyethylene, #2 plastic agrichemical containers that are clean and dry.  Participants are responsible for rinsing and removing all caps, labels, booklets and foil seals.

ILSoyAdvisor.com Podcasts Available on SoundCloud

From agronomics to profitability to conservation and more, farmers can access ILSoyAdvisor.com podcasts, including Profitability Radio segments. The podcasts are posted on SoundCloud—a free online platform that’s easy to use with no downloads or installation required.  Listen here.

Connect with the Best Soybean Management Info Source

ILSoyAdvisor.com continues to be your best source of soybean management information.  It provides one place to gather the latest local soybean intelligence.  The online resource includes tools, podcasts, webinars and articles with local tips and recommendations. Too busy to visit ILSoyAdvisor.com?  Sign up for the weekly newsletter to get the latest updates in your inbox each Thursday.

New Soy Education Program Seeks Young Soybean Farmers

A new American Soybean Association (ASA) educational program, sponsored by Valent, will be held July 10-13 in conjunction with the summer ASA Board Meeting and Issues Briefing in Washington, D.C.  The program will provide a new opportunity for young people interested in improving their understanding of major agricultural policy issues, the importance of advocacy and careers that can impact agricultural policy.  Class size is limited to 6-8 students, and the deadline to apply is June 9.  Students must complete an online application and be at least 18 years old to participate.  Click here for information. 

Consider Membership Program Options

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 Judy Smith at 309-808-3612 or 888-826-4011 for more details and to join or renew. 

Become Involved: Participate in 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 or contact Judy Smith at 309-808-3612.

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