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Weekly Update - April 15, 2015

April 15, 2016

ISA Participates in Global Poultry Export Conference

Chickens and turkeys eat 54 percent of the soybean meal fed in the U.S.  Meat and eggs from those birds are exported.  Two ISA directors, Gary Berg and Sharon Covert, recently attended the U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) International Marketing and Strategic Planning Conference in Santiago, Chile, to learn more.  USAPEEC’s international directors shared information, strategic plans and updates from around the world, including the Middle East, Peru, Singapore and Korea, where the ISA checkoff program helps fund technical and consumer projects.  Members also participated in discussions about trade issues, including avian influenza, which continues to limit U.S. poultry export potential.

Petitions Available for District Director Elections

Petitions are available for farmers interested in running for open director positions with the Illinois Soybean Board (ISB).  Petitions can be obtained from the Illinois Department of Agriculture, local University of Illinois Extension offices and the ISA office.  Petitions must be filed by May 15, 2016.  Six Illinois districts will hold director elections this year:
  • District 3:        Henderson, Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, Stark, Warren, Whiteside
  • District 4:        Bureau, Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle     
  • District 6:        Livingston, McLean, Woodford
  • District 8:        Adams, Brown, Hancock, McDonough, Schuyler
  • District 15:      Clinton, Madison, Monroe, St. Clair
  • District 18:      Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope,
                      Pulaski, Saline, Union, Williamson
Due to the tenure provision, as specified in the soybean checkoff program, the directors in District 6 and District 18 are not eligible for re-election.  The directors serving in District 3, District 4, District 8 and District 15 are each eligible to serve another three-year term.  To be eligible to serve, a candidate must be an Illinois resident and resident grower of the district he or she seeks to represent, of legal voting age and a contributor to the soybean checkoff.  Petitions filed with the Illinois Director of Agriculture must contain signatures of at least five percent of the soybean growers from the district. The number of signatures required is: District 3, 174; District 4, 142; District 6, 154; District 8, 144; District 15, 91; and District 18, 105 signatures.  Elections will be held July 7 at county Extension offices in open districts.

CCA Soy Envoys Provide Insight for Illinois Soybean Farmers

ISA and the Illinois Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Program have teamed up to help Illinois soybean farmers increase yields and profitability by providing management tips and recommendations throughout the growing season.  The groups work together through the CCA Soy Envoys, who provide regular content for the ISA checkoff program's www.ILSoyAdvisor.com soybean management site.  In addition to written blog posts, envoys develop audio and video posts based on what they see in their local areas.

Should Manure Be Part of Your Crop Production?

Kevin Erb, CCA from University of Wisconsin Extension, and Morgan Hayes, University of Illinois nutrient management specialist, will discuss benefits of adding manure to fields, along with strategies to maximize use during a webinar April 27, 10-11 a.m.  They also will review regulations required when applying manure.  One continuing education unit (CEU) in nutrient management is available.  Register here.

Listen to Podcast about Soil Fertility Needs for Soybeans

Soy CCA Envoy Terry Wyciskalla discusses soil fertility needs for soybeans.  Learn about the differences between corn and soybeans with regard to potassium, phosphate and pH.  Listen to the podcast here.

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