Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update- October 28, 2016

October 28, 2016

ISG Supports U.S. Action in United Nations Cuba Vote

The Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is pleased for the first time in 25 years the United States abstained in a vote by the United Nations General Assembly as it again adopted a resolution to renew its call for an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.  ISG President Daryl Cates, who visited Cuba last fall, says: "This is an historic moment for relations between the United States and Cuba, and one ISG supports.  We have been to Cuba 10 times.  We have listened to Cuban officials and hosted them in Illinois.  We believe the embargo needs to end.  We believe the improvement of economic trade relations is the foundation for future success between the two countries.  We believe development of the Cuban economy is as beneficial to Cuba as it is the U.S. and our Illinois soybean farmers.  It is an important market for Illinois soybeans and the poultry who consume our protein-rich meal.  We support actions taken by both Congress and President Barack Obama to open up relations and trade opportunities with Cuba.  The vote reaffirms that progress." 

Do you know where to vote?

The election is less than two weeks away and Illinois Soybean Growers encourages farmers to exercise this freedom and make their voices heard.  Do you know where you need to go to vote?  Early voting has begun.  Click here to find your early voting location.  Polling locations for voting on Nov. 8 are listed on your local election authorities’ website.  Click here to find yours.  Stay up-to-date on the latest news and issues important to Illinois soybean farmers by visiting Voice for Soy.


ISA Explores What Drives Farm Profits

The ISA checkoff program is collecting results from an FY16 profitability project exploring “Habits of Highly Successful Farmers,” conducted by University of Illinois ag economist Gary Schnitkey, using datasets from Farm Business Farm Management.  Look for more information about the findings in the December Illinois Field & Bean as well as on the ILSoyAdvisor.com platform.

CCA Soy Envoys Offer Local Recommendations

ISA continues its close collaboration with the Illinois Certified Crop Advisers (CCA), including the CCA Soy Envoy program.  Again for FY17, several Soy Envoys will provide timely local reports, along with tips and techniques for improving soybean yields and profits via ILSoyAdvisor.com.

Sign up for ILSoyAdvisor.com Updates

If you want to stay informed about Soy Envoy reports, sign up for weekly email updates from ILSoyAdvisor.com.  Tips and techniques to help farmers increase yields and profits in their operations are available.  At home or on the go, farmers get timely, practical information and resources. 

University Report Provides Options for Organic Soybean Growers

Approximately 83 million soybean acres were harvested in the U.S. this year, but less than one percent was grown organically.  A new University of Illinois report details organic products and practices to combat pathogens and insect pests.  Organic soybeans are getting almost twice as much per bushel compared to conventional soybeans, which may help motivate growers to go organic.

B20 Club Member Spotlight: Chicago Park District

The B20 Club, which is a partnership organization between the ISA checkoff program and the American Lung Association, recently added the Chicago Park District as a new member.  The Chicago Park District is made up of 8,100 acres of green space and includes pools, beaches, lakefront, museums and conservatories.   District officials report 256 of their 550 fleet vehicles run on various biodiesel blends.  Learn more about how the Chicago Park District is using biodiesel here.  Click here for news coverage.

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).  

ASA Seeks Scholarship Candidates

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is looking for applicants for its Soy Scholarship.  The $5,000, one-time award is presented to a high school senior who plans to pursue agriculture at any accredited college or university in the 2017-18 academic year.  The scholarship is managed by ASA and made possible through a grant by BASF Corporation.  High school seniors may apply online now through Nov. 21, 2016.  The student must be a child or grandchild of a current state affiliate and ASA member, maintain successful academic progress and be in good standing with the college or university to receive the full amount of the scholarship.  Final selection will be made in December during the ASA Board meeting.  The student will be notified prior to an official announcement made during Commodity Classic in San Antonio, March 2-4, 2017.  More information is available from ASA.

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