Weekly Update

Weekly Update - July 15, 2016

July 15, 2016

Illinois Soybean Growers Praises U.S. House for Passing GMO Labeling Bill

Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) thanks the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Roberts-Stabenow GMO labeling compromise this week.  This measure sets a national standard for GMO labeling and avoids individual state laws that would have placed burdens on the agriculture and food industries.  The Senate passed the measure last week.  It now moves to President Barack Obama’s desk where the White House has said he will sign the bill.  The ISG delegation met with legislators about this issue in Washington, D.C., earlier this week.

Get Soybean Production Tips at Free ILSoyAdvisor Field Days  

Registration for ILSoyAdvisor Field Days is open.  Events include Hinckley, Aug. 2; Seymour, Aug. 3; and Benton, Aug. 4.  Various soybean experts will provide local growing tips and practical, on-farm advice for achieving high-yielding soybeans.  Each field day is free, and lunch and refreshments are included.  Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) can earn continuing education units (CEUs) for attending.  Register here.

ISA Promotes Local Animal Agriculture at County Fairs

The ISA checkoff program is promoting local value of raising livestock at select Illinois county fairs, where consumers get a firsthand look at farm animals.  Local ISA-sponsored fair coverage links these animals to the value animal agriculture brings to their areas.  Livestock provide farming opportunities, income and a market for soybean meal.  Illinois soybeans feed the livestock that grow the Illinois economy.

Attend a Soil Health Field Day in August

The Soil Health Partnership is providing Illinois farmers several field days through September at locations around the state.  Upcoming dates include Aug. 8 in Altamont, Ill.; Aug. 15 in Hudson, Ill.; and Aug. 19 in Assumption, Ill.  Featured topics include cover crop management and machinery set-up, conservation tillage methods, advanced nutrient management, a soil pit to observe crop root growth and soil properties, and an update on water quality.  More information, dates and registration details are here.

Webinar Recording Available: Managing Soybean Diseases

Stephanie Porter, Soy CCA Envoy from west central Illinois and sales agronomist with Burrus Hybrids, explains soybean disease prevention, symptoms and treatment in this most recent webinar.  She also replies to listeners’ inquiries in a question and answer session.  Watch the recording here.

Farmers Invited to Illinois Wheat Forum

Illinois wheat producers and processors are invited to the Illinois Wheat Forum, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m., in Highland, Ill.  Attendees will learn about soil health, market volatility, the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and crop insurance options, as well as production challenges and research trials and results.  Registration is onsite and is $15 for Illinois Wheat Association members and $30 for non-members.

Organizations Seek Conservation Legacy Award Nominees

Farmers who want to share their successful conservation management practices are eligible to apply for the Conservation Legacy Award.  Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input management, farmstead protection and conservation and environmental management.  Three regional winners and one national winner are selected.  Award winners receive an expense paid trip for two to Commodity Classic, March 2-4, 2017, in San Antonio, a feature about the farm and conservation practices in Corn & Soybean Digest and a special online video.  The Conservation Legacy Award is sponsored by the American Soybean Association, BASF, Corn & Soybean Digest, Monsanto, United Soybean Board/soybean checkoff and Valent.  More information is available here.  Applications are due Sept. 2, 2016.

Time to Apply for Two Illinois Soybean Leadership Opportunities

Potential soybean leaders are encouraged to apply for the next class of ISA's Soy Ambassador Leadership Program, which is sponsored by the ISA checkoff and membership programs.  The program gives participants opportunities to gain leadership expertise, industry exposure and a global perspective as they prepare for future leadership roles.  During a two-year time period, Soy Ambassadors will discover the opportunities and challenges facing the soybean industry through participation in key soybean events, by traveling internationally, working with legislators to promote agriculture priorities and discuss key issues and more.  To apply for one of 10 positions, visit this website and apply online before Aug. 1, 2016.  Applicants must reside in Illinois and have a vested interest in the soybean production industry.  
In addition, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and DuPont are seeking applicants for the 2016-17 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program.  For more than 30 years, the program has identified and developed grower leaders who continue to shape the future of agriculture.  The ASA DuPont Young Leader program is a challenging and educational two-part training program.  Phase I takes place at the DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, Nov. 29–Dec. 2, 2016.  The program continues Feb. 28–March 4, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.  Interested applicants should click here for additional details and to apply.

USDA-NASS Encourages Farmers to Complete Survey

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is surveying Illinois farmers about the techniques they use in accordance with the state’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS).  The survey will ask farmers about practices, including cover crops, tillage and nutrient application, as part of the NLRS’ biannual progress report.  Farmers are encouraged to complete and return surveys by Sept. 15, 2016, to help the state evaluate successful best management practices (BMPs) and demonstrate Illinois farmers’ willingness to adopt voluntary practices.  For more information about USDA-NASS in Illinois, click here.

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Tweet of the Week

Dan Arkels has a goal of 150 bushel #soybeans in his #YieldChallenge plot.  Watch an update from his fields: http://ilsoy.co/29ALha7. #Grow16