Weekly Update

Weekly Update - June 10, 2016

June 10, 2016


ISA Supports International Pork Industry Tour

Before the World Pork Expo this week, the ISA checkoff program helped the National Pork Producers Council show visitors from around the world the value and efficiency of U.S. crop and hog production. International tour participants included pork producers and those planning to build hog farms from China, Vietnam, Haiti, Bolivia, Brazil, Denmark, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, and more.  About 50 attendees agreed the ISA-sponsored barge tour on the Mississippi River was a trip highlight.  They also visited a feed mill, reinforcing the link between high-quality soybean meal and pork production.

Soy Growers Push for Immediate Trait Approval in Europe

The American Soybean Association (ASA) ramped up its call for approval of three soybean traits by the European Union this week, saying the tools are critical to the ongoing quest to meet sustainability and consumer demand goals.  Continued delays pose serious issues both for farmers and industry.  In a letter to the European Commissioner, ASA expressed deep concern with delayed authorization of Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant RR2Xtend and Vistive Gold high oleic traits, as well as Bayer CropScience’s isoxaflutole-resistant Balance Bean trait.  All three received positive opinions from the European Food Safety Authority last year.  ASA also cited repeated assurances from EU officials that approval of the traits was imminent as providing a false sense of security for farmers looking to use the traits to meet sustainability goals and comply with the food industry’s ongoing move away from trans fats use in the U.S.

Sustainability Conversation Intrigues Culinary Students

Illinois Farm Families (IFF) recently partnered with Kendall College to host a panel discussion with farmers Mike Martz, Alan Adams and industry expert Nic Anderson from the Illinois Livestock Development Group (ILDG).  More than 30 students attended.  The panel explained the stages of beef production and shared sustainability practices.  Students asked questions about the use of farm technologies, such as hormones and GM seeds, and what farmers do to keep water on farms clean.  An after-presentation survey indicated an increase in knowledge of raising beef and sustainability on beef farms.  Kendall College is interested in partnering with IFF for future events to further educate impressionable culinary students. 

March Biodiesel Production Report Available

More than half of the biodiesel available today is made from soybean oil, according to the latest report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  Soybean oil accounted for 464 million pounds, or 55 percent, of the 839 million pounds of feedstocks used to produce 119 million gallons of biodiesel in March, the latest month of available figures.  Monthly biodiesel production reports can be found online here.

Emerging Leaders Sought for Soy Ambassador Program

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.  

Apply Now for 2016-17 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program

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 of the training 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, in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.  Applications are accepted online.  Interested applicants should click here for additional program information and to apply.

Upcoming Webinar: Scout, Manage Diseases in Mid- and Late Summer

Stephanie Porter, Soy CCA Envoy from west central Illinois, will lead a webinar July 6 from 10 – 11 a.m.  The focus will be on identifying and managing soybean diseases to prevent yield loss.  Register here.

Illinois Farmers Deal with Challenging Wheat Conditions

Farmers throughout southern Illinois are dealing with excessive rain, which is leading to head and leaf diseases in wheat, as well as lodging and pollination issues.  Southwest Illinois is taking the brunt of the wet weather, where heavy rain has been a problem for the last three years.  Farmers near central Illinois are seeing less disease, especially on fields sprayed with fungicide.  Double-crop expert Kelly Robertson provides his perspective on ILSoyAdvisor.  Read more there and tell us how your wheat is progressing.

ILSoyAdvisor Field Days Slated for August   

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 to Host Brazilian Yield Winners

Ten of Brazil’s top soybean producers and agronomists will visit ISA offices July 12.  They will meet with ISA directors and Yield Challenge program participants to discuss methods for growing higher-yielding soybeans.  The meeting is part of a U.S. tour sponsored by The Soy Strategic Committee of Brazil.

ISA Hosts Pork Buyers Visit to Illinois

ISA sponsored part of the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s pork tour for 26 international buyers from China, Mexico, Colombia and Vietnam.  The annual tour boosts Illinois pork exports.  Tour stops hosted by ISA included the National Soybean Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois and Prairie State Semen in Champaign.  Hog nutrition experts from the University of Illinois and ISA representatives Jered Hooker and David Headley talked about the university and its research, swine nutrition, soybean meal and Illinois’ role as a leading soybean exporter.  Soybean meal accounts for 70 to 80 percent of domestic and international crushing yield, making animal agriculture the top customer for Illinois soybean farmers.

Sign Up Now for 2016 Yield Challenge

If you are interested in participating in the 2016 Yield Challenge, it is time to sign up.  Registration is $25 per entry, and farmers are welcome to enter as many plots as they like.  Complete a general interest form by July 15, 2016, so ISA knows you have entries.  The official registration form is found here.

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