Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - My 26, 2017

May 25, 2017

ISA to Sponsor World Pork Expo Midwest Agriculture Tour

The ISA checkoff program will support a two-day industry tour highlighting the efficiencies of U.S. crop and hog production for international World Pork Expo attendees June 5-6.  The tour will provide an up-close look at U.S. soybean, corn and pork production.  Planned stops include a feedmill, Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana, a wean-to-finish hog barn, the John Deere Pavilion and a barge tour on the Mississippi River.  ISA will highlight efforts to support animal ag and transportation infrastructure.

Myanmar Feedmill Sources Illinois Soybean Meal

As part of ongoing efforts to grow soybean markets and promote Illinois soybeans, the ISA checkoff program recently helped a Myanmar feedmill source their first purchase of Illinois soybean meal.  The feedmill had been buying soybean meal from South America, but reached out to ISA for help buying from the U.S.  ISA connected the Myanmar group with the DeLong Company.  Their first order of 1,000 metric tons of soybean meal recently shipped to Yangon, Myanmar, opening the door for a long-term relationship with this company and others in Myanmar.

Farmers Weigh in on Soybean Sustainability

When it comes to sustainability, there is no “one size fits all.”  Farmers nationwide implement sustainable practices that work for their personal operations.  What works for a farmer in the Midwest may not work for one on the East Coast.  Two farmers share their soybean sustainability stories.  Read what Delaware farmer Cory Atkins and Minnesota farmer Peter Bakken did to change their operations.

ISA Soy Ambassador Speaks to Fulton County Chamber

ISA Soy Ambassador David Murphy spoke to members of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce as part of a “lunch and learn” hosted by the Fulton County Farm Bureau May 24.  He focused on agriculture’s role in economic development, highlighting the recent Soy Ambassador trip to Mexico and ISA initiatives related to animal agriculture development, sustainability and transportation.  The contact is part of ongoing ISA checkoff program efforts to engage local influencers and educate them about the value of agriculture in their communities, building local support for Illinois farmers and critical issues.

NBB Says Biodiesel Imports Harm U.S. Industry

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) last week testified before the U.S. Commerce Department on the harm caused by increasing volumes of biodiesel imports.  NBB contends unfair trade practices have caused a surge in biodiesel imports.  As a result, U.S. biodiesel producers have pulled back on investments to expand production capacity, says Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs at NBB.  Indonesia is of particular concern, with a trade deficit reaching $13.2 billion in 2016.  Read more here.

NASS Seeks Farmer Participation in Upcoming Acreage Surveys

From now through mid-June, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) enumerators will contact several thousand farmers across Illinois to respond to acreage surveys.  Most of the questions in the surveys are devoted to crop acreages, but farmers also will be asked about grains and oilseeds in storage.  Farmers may respond by mail or via the internet.  If you do not respond, NASS personnel will follow up with phone calls and personal visits.  NASS will publish results June 30.  Individual reports from producers are confidential by law, and exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

Division of Waterways to Return to IDOT

Illinois is the transportation hub of North America, according to Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn, keynote speaker at the 10th annual Global Logistics Summit held in Bolingbrook, Ill.  “We are rich in intermodal activity from rivers to airports to roads to rail,” Blankenhorn told attendees at the event, which was sponsored by the ISA checkoff program.  “We need to figure out how to take better advantage of these resources.”  Blankenhorn reported the Division of Waterways – with the exception of flood control – is going to once again be part of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), after spending approximately 15 years with the Department of Natural Resources.  “Waterways are a transportation issue,” he says.  “We need to bring that activity back to IDOT so we can make spending a multimodal decision-making process.”  Contact Julie Orchard for more information about the summit.

Avoid Off-Target Herbicide Application This Summer

Clear, still nights seem like a perfect time to work late in the summer.  But those conditions are typical signs of temperature inversions that can create ideal conditions for off-target herbicide movement.  With strict regulations for handling dicamba, farmers need to be aware of temperature inversions to avoid injuring unintended broadleaf plants.  Mandy Bish, senior research specialist at the University of Missouri, shares tips on how to avoid off-target application and how to practice herbicide stewardship.

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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