Weekly Update

Soybean Weekly Update - September 22, 2017

September 21, 2017

ISA Hosts High-Level Taiwanese Delegation

ISA leaders met with a group from Taiwan during their long layover in Chicago, Sept. 21. Officials from Taiwan included the deputy minister of the Council of Agriculture, chairman of the Taiwan Feed Industry Association, director of the Taiwan Vegetable Oil Manufacturers Association and the CEO of the National Animal Industry Foundation, among others. The group met in the ISA Chicago office and enjoyed dinner before returning to the airport. ISA’s relationship with the Taiwan consulate in Chicago made this opportunity to meet with key customers possible.


ISA Hosts EU Editors on Sustainability Media Tour
ISA representatives shared the organization’s sustainable agriculture approaches with 13 agricultural editors from the European Union (EU) last week. ISA hosted the editors in Chicago as part of a sustainability media tour sponsored by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC). The EU delegation included editors from Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom.  During the meeting, editors learned how Illinois farmers get soybeans to customers in the most sustainable ways possible through wise use of resources, efficient transportation and environmental stewardship. The group previously had toured several farms to witness agricultural practices that improve soil and water quality while reducing energy and inputs.

Soy-Based Tuna Feed Ready for Commercial Trial

A soy-based feed formulation for bluefin tuna has been manufactured in San Diego, Calif., for use in an in-depth tuna feeding trial this year. The trial builds on previous research funded by the ISA checkoff program, replacing fishmeal and fish oil with soy to improve the long-term sustainability of tuna production. The project should prove the value of soy-based feed and increase soybean demand from the fast-growing aquaculture industry. The video “Feeding Bluefin” summarizes the initial research.

IFF Reaches Five Million Consumers with Local Message

Illinois Farm Families’ (IFF) “How local is local food?” campaign, sharing information about locally grown products and introducing local farm families, reached more than five million consumers online between July and August. Watchusgrow.org had more than 30,000 visitors and IFF’s Facebook audience grew to 20,000 followers. Additionally, a summer social media effort encouraging Chicago-area consumers to connect with their local farmers at county fairs and beyond reached more than 939,000. The conversation about local farm families will continue through October by sharing the #FarmersOfIllinois series on Facebook and Instagram. If you’d like to be featured, email Rosie.

Illinois Ag Leadership Program Seeks Applicants

The Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program (IALP) Class of 2018 has passed its halfway point of development, and IALP is now starting to pursue the next class of up-and-coming leaders in Illinois agriculture. The application for the IALP Class of 2020 is online, and the group is looking for potential candidates to become leaders in Illinois agriculture.  If you are interested or have employees, colleagues, clients or customers that are driven leaders within their communities and professions, encourage them to explore the opportunity at www.agleadership.org.

Academic Study Reveals Further Proof of Biodiesel Benefits

As more data become available, modeling of fuel emissions becomes more accurate. The latest model done by researchers at Purdue University reveals that using biodiesel is more beneficial to greenhouse gas emission reduction than previously thought. The new models show that biodiesel’s advantage to diesel fuel provides 60 percent cleaner emissions, a 10 percent increase over 2014 studies. Find out more about the new models and the benefits of biodiesel here.

ISA Website Offers Links to Dicamba Resources

ISA continues to monitor for news and update the dicamba resources found here.  Any farmer who sees possible dicamba damage to crops should consider these steps:
  • Talk with the neighbor(s) who applied or contracted for the dicamba application(s).
  • If applicable, talk with the commercial applicator or product manufacturer.
  • If a yield loss is probable based on severity of symptoms, report a claim to your insurance company and ask the neighbor and/or the commercial applicator to do the same.
  • Contact the University of Illinois to assess type of drift on the field.  This bulletin provides details.
  • File a drift complaint with the Illinois Department of Agriculture.  Here’s how: 

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 the ISG office at 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.

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