Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update- November 4, 2016

November 03, 2016

Grant Awarded for Illinois Container on Barge Shuttle Project

ISA officials are pleased to announce the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration has awarded a $713,000 grant for the Illinois Container on Barge Shuttle Project.  This 18-month demonstration project is a huge win for Illinois soybean farmers as it will provide shuttle service for agricultural customers moving containerized exports between southern and northern Illinois to access the Union Pacific and BNSF ramps in Joliet, Ill.  The shuttle service will operate on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers between Channahon, Ill., and Granite City, Ill.  The grant was submitted through sponsorship by America’s Central Port in Granite City, and underwritten through support of ISA with checkoff-funded research and grant writing.  Click here to read the full news release.

Save These Dates for 2017 ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summits 

The ISA checkoff program has set two dates for its 2017 ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summits.  The first will be held Feb. 3 in Effingham and the second on Feb. 16 in Peoria.  Watch for additional information from ISA, including speakers and topics, in early December.

Sustainable Ag Summit to Feature Illinois Conservation Success

One of this year’s Sustainable Ag Summit sessions will feature insights and lessons from a watershed-based cropland conservation effort in Illinois.  ISA provided financial and in-kind support through the ISA checkoff program to the cooperative effort between the association and the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC).  The Summit will be held Nov. 15 –16 in Atlanta, Ga. 

Can Double-Cropping Double your Profits?

Several ISA directors grow double-crop soybeans behind winter wheat, increasing their income by harvesting two cash crops on each acre.  ISA Director David Droste from Nashville, Ill., says, “My farm and others in the area are seeing yields of 60 bushels per acre on double-crop beans.  We will see per acre revenue from wheat and beans exceed $900 per acre this year.  No other crop comes close to that."

ASA to NYT: GMO Article Paints Incomplete Picture

The American Soybean Association (ASA) responded to an article from The New York Times earlier this week calling into question the pesticide use and yield data over the 20-year history of GMO cultivation in the United States and Canada as compared to Western Europe.  
ASA President and Greenwood, Del., soybean farmer Richard Wilkins noted in a statement that dialogue on the issue is critical, in light of inaccuracies and omissions in the article.  Here is some of what he had to say:  “We appreciate a continued dialogue on the issue of GMOs and biotechnology.  We continue in our work to be more open and transparent on our operations and we welcome the questions that this article raises...While it is fair for the Times to point out that GMO technology is not a ‘silver bullet,’ it is important to remember that farmers are practical businesspeople...The business judgments of millions of individual farmers – made each year for the past 20 years – provide a more complete picture about the benefits of GMOs than the New York Times’ cherry-picked data.”

See Who’s on the Ballot with Voice for Soy

Election Day is almost here.  Do you know who’s on the ballot in your area? Head to Voice for Soy and review the 2016 Election Guide.  You’ll see who’s running in federal and state races, plus one amendment on the ballot.  Following the election, check back to view the results.  Not sure where to vote?  Registered voters can find their polling place by clicking here.  Be sure to make your voice heard on Nov. 8.

B20 Club Welcomes New Member 

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is the newest member of the B20 Club, a partnership organization between the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program and the American Lung Association.  The district strives to preserve natural resources and protect the land for future generations in DuPage County.  To reduce its carbon footprint, the Forest Preserve District operates many fleet vehicles on alternative fuels, including B20 biodiesel.

Beef Industry Meeting Scheduled in Central Illinois

Beef farmers and industry partners are invited to an educational meeting at Curtain Land & Cattle in Blue Mound, Ill., on Dec. 6 at 9:30 a.m.  Speakers include Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Beef Extension specialist; Dr. Mark Hilton with Elanco Animal Health; and Lance Zimmerman, protein and analytics lead for CattleFax.  The free program will last until noon, followed by a complimentary lunch.  Events like this sharpen Illinois livestock farmers, the top soybean customers.  Cattle consume 12 percent of the soybean meal fed in Illinois.  For more information or to RSVP, contact T.J. Curtin at 217-825-3005.

Help Turn up the Volume with ISGPAC

As the 2016 general election grows closer, Illinois soybean farmers are invited to turn up the volume with the Illinois Soybean Growers Political Action Committee (ISGPAC).  ISGPAC provides farmers with strong involvement in political races, and a direct pipeline to tell senators and representatives about the issues that matter most to Illinois farmers:  transportation efficiency, expanding animal agriculture, worldwide market access support, plus biodiesel, trade, energy, taxes and agricultural research.  Farmers can directly 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.  To contribute, visit ISGPAC online or contact Judy Smith at 309-808-3612 or smithj@ilsoy.org.

ISG Takes New Direction with Membership Program

Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is increasing its focus on policy issues affecting Illinois soybean producers to keep positive legislation in place and motivate leaders to add new policies that ensure American agriculture is not destroyed by anti-ag activists.  One of the core resources that makes our country great is the ability to produce our own food and fuel.  Yet every year, thousands of family farmers are pushed off their land due to new taxes, regulations and legislative pressures. 
How do you keep Capitol Hill from impacting the income you use to support your family?  How do you stop them from putting obstacles in your way?  To bring growers the most value possible, we now have two options: policy membership and regular membership.  Membership in ASA is included with both options.  Contact Judy Smith at smithj@ilsoy.org, 309-808-3612 or 888-826-4011 to join or renew.
  • ISG Policy Member: Activate your power to join us in educating people about the facts and importance of American agriculture.  Help us be the people that government officials stop and listen to in Springfield and Washington, D.C.  Be a driving force for change.  The more members we add, the louder our voice becomes.  Our policy membership keeps you informed, gets you involved and gives you added discounts and benefits.  A one-year membership is $150 and a three-year membership is $300.  Benefits from ISG and ASA include the following:
    • Automatic enrollment and Acton Alert emails from ISG’s Voice for Soy Action Network
    • Invitations to legislative networking events
    • Opportunity to participate in the ISG Political Action Committee
    • Expanded policy representation/advocates in Springfield and Washington, D.C.
    • Discounts on new Ford, Chrysler and GM vehicles
    • 10% discount on Cabela’s gift cards
    • 10% discount on any new DTN/The Progressive Farmer product or service agreement
    • Discounts on Commodity Classic registration
    • Discounts on DTN/The Progressive Farmer Ag Summit registration (December in Chicago)
    • Complimentary subscriptions to three top soybean magazines:  Illinois Field & Bean, American Soybean and The Progressive Farmer
    • Email updates from the Soybean Weekly Update and eBean News
  • ISG Regular Member: if you just want to stay informed about the agriculture industry, simply supply your name and email address and you receive the Soybean Weekly Update sent via email and the Illinois Field & Bean magazine (eight times per year).  

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