Weekly Update

Weekly Update July 7, 2017

July 06, 2017

Animal Agriculture Feeds Illinois Economy

Growth in the Illinois animal agriculture industry has been a bright spot during the past 10 years, based on soybean checkoff research from the United Soybean Board.  An economic analysis shows economic output from Illinois animal agriculture grew by $550 million, an 11.5 percent increase, during that time.  Illinois livestock and poultry eat about 855,000 tons of soybean meal each year, and pigs account for about 74 percent of that total.  The study reaffirms the importance of animal agriculture as a market for Illinois soybeans, feeding the livestock that feed the state’s economy.

RFS Volumes a Missed Opportunity for Biodiesel

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for biomass-based diesel for 2019 and the advanced biofuels volumes for 2018.  EPA calls for biomass-based diesel volumes of 2.1 billion gallons for 2019, the same level established by EPA for 2018.  For the advanced biofuels volumes, EPA has proposed 4.24 billion gallons for 2018, below the 4.28 level established for 2017.  American Soybean Association (ASA) President and Illinois farmer Ron Moore notes, “The lack of growth in the biomass-based diesel volumes and the reduction in advanced biofuels volumes is certainly disappointing and a missed opportunity by the Administration to demonstrate its support for the U.S. biodiesel and soybean industries.  ASA, along with the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), supported RFS volumes at a level of 2.75 billion gallons for biomass-based diesel in 2019 and 5.25 billion gallons of total advanced biofuels for 2018.

Make Your Voice Known on U.S. Biodiesel Tax Incentive

Nearly 100 biodiesel advocates met with elected officials in Washington, D.C. last month to urge reinstatement of the biodiesel tax incentive proposed in both the U.S. Senate (S. 944) and the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 2383).  Participants on Capitol Hill included biodiesel producers, distributors and feedstock suppliers representing more than two dozen states.  Biodiesel supporters across the nation are encouraged to reach out to their legislators.  Visit the NBB website for details.

Register Now to Attend Free Field Days This Month

ISA’s ILSoyAdvisor program will host two field days later this month to connect local growers with soybean experts.  Farmers can attend the July 19 field day at Moore Farms in Roseville, Ill., or the July 20 event at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) Belleville Research Center in Belleville, Ill.  Agronomic experts from Burrus Hybrids, AgriGold, Syngenta, Western Illinois University and SIU will speak on topics critical to soybean success.  Both events run from 7:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Register here.

Female Land Owners Invited to Urban Learning Circle

Women who own or manage farmland outside of Chicago are invited to attend the American Farmland Trust’s (AFT) conversation with women professionals from agricultural and conservation agencies who can answer questions and share resources regarding conservation practices.  The event is July 18 at The Delta Institute, 35 E. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1200, Chicago.  Women may attend for a light lunch from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., or a light supper from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Space is limited.  RSVP by July 13 at http://bit.ly/women4landchicago or call Teresa Bullock at 815-981-2587.
Listen to New Podcast on In-Season Soybean Management
CCA Soy Envoy Dawn Kielsmeier talks late-planted soybeans and how to best manage this year’s crop for a successful growing season in a new podcast on in-season management.  Kielsmeier estimates 70 percent of soybeans in her area were planted later than normal.  Combined with the unusual spring weather conditions, many fields are showing uneven emergence and growth stages.  Listen here.
ASA Seeks Advocacy Communications Team Members
ASA is looking for participants for its Advocacy Communications Team (ACT), a group of eight to 10 soybean growers from across the country who serve as spokespersons and industry experts on key soybean issues.  Ideal members want to share their stories, engage on social media and benefit from intense communications and issues trainings.  The program provides additional tools and opportunities for “agvocates” in the soybean industry.  ACT members will be asked to share positive messages about production practices, food and allied industries.  They also will be positioned as subject matter experts for media interviews, social media and more.  New team training will be held Sept. 6-8 in Raleigh, N.C.  The initiative is sponsored by Bayer Crop Science.  For more information, contact Chris Luelf.

Apply Now for ASA DuPont Young Leader Program

ASA, DuPont Pioneer and DuPont Crop Protection seek applicants for the 2017-18 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program.  For more than 30 years, the program has identified and developed grower leaders to shape the agricultural industry.  The challenging and educational two-part training program includes an event at the DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, Nov. 28-30, 2017.  The program continues Feb. 25-28, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif., in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.  Soybean grower couples and individuals are encouraged to apply online here.  

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 Judy Smith at 309-808-3612 or 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 or contact Judy Smith at 309-808-3612.

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