Weekly Update

Weekly Update - June 16, 2017

June 15, 2017

ISA Hosts Transportation Network Involvement Tour

Thirty-seven attendees representing almost every aspect of the soybean-to-export market transportation chain this week learned about the many modes of transportation that enable soybean exports. To raise awareness of critical issues impacting transportation infrastructure, particularly in rural areas, the ISA checkoff program supported the Transportation Network Involvement Tour.  In addition to ISA board members and staff, attendees included transportation network influentials and a broad range of media, including a freelancer from the New York Times, a transportation trade publication called Lloyd’s List and agricultural print and broadcast media.  The group visited Maplehurst Farms and Consolidated Grain and Barge in Rochelle, Starved Rock Lock and Dam in Ottawa, and the BNSF Logistics Park Chicago Intermodal Facility in Elwood on Wednesday.  A small group traveled on to California to see the Port of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Harbor Grain Tour and Pacific Harbor Line.


Another Company Commits to Using B20 Biodiesel

Al Warren Oil Co., Inc. joins the growing list of Illinois-based fleets and municipalities that use biodiesel blends of 20 percent or greater for at least six months of the year.  In recognition of its efforts, Al Warren Oil has been added to the B20 Club, a partnership between the ISA checkoff program and the American Lung Association in Illinois.  Al Warren Oil not only sells and distributes B20, the company fuels its own fleet vehicles with B20.  The new B20 Club member uses 100,000 gallons of B20 in 39 fleet vehicles each year, which helps reduce CO2 emissions by the same amount as planting 4,130 trees.  Al Warren Oil has its corporate office in Hammond, Ind., with locations in Chicago and Indianapolis.


ASA Urges Appropriators to Adequately Fund FSA Loan Programs

In a letter to leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and a coalition of farm, food and rural advocacy groups, have encouraged lawmakers to adequately fund USDA’s Farm Service Agency.  The groups seek a robust risk management framework for farmers in the current lagging farm economy, and note funding is essential as farmers look to secure operating loans in the coming seasons.  A full copy of the letter can be found here.


ISA Participates in USAPEEC Annual Meeting

ISA directors participated in the U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) annual meeting this week.  Processing, trade and commodity group representatives joined together to receive updates about how U.S. poultry and egg products are being promoted around the world, especially with the recent reports of avian influenza.  The ISA checkoff program supports technical and consumer projects in strategic markets including the Middle East, Peru, Singapore and Korea.  See growth in poultry exports to these countries, and note that they represent a key market for soybean meal.  Poultry consume 54 percent of the soybean meal fed in the U.S.


ISA Hosts Taiwanese Tofu Producers

A trade team from Taiwan recently spent three days in Illinois as part of a tour with the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC).  The group purchases containerized soybeans for tofu production.  The team visited two Illinois farms, met two other farmers and ISA directors for lunch, toured a grain loading facility, and received a current crop market outlook at the ISA office.  Building relationships with international buyers encourages demand for Illinois soybeans around the world.


Innovation Adds Value to U.S. Soy

As end-users create new demands for soy composition, the industry is starting to focus on value of soybean meal and oil – not just bushels per acre.  Some soybean processors already use protein and oil measurement systems, and the practice is expected to increase.  With growing interest in soybean component content, seed companies may start to put more emphasis on these attributes in plant-breeding efforts.  Read more about soybean value innovations here.


Know the Difference Between Types of Herbicide Resistance

Target-site resistance has been the most common resistance facing farmers and researchers.  With new discoveries, herbicide resistance is proving to be more complex.  Concern is now rising for metabolic, or non-target-site resistance, even though it is less common.  Read about the most recent research here.


Make the Most of Your Herbicide Application

Sprayer nozzles are essential for successful herbicide application.  Choosing the proper nozzle depends on how you plan to use it.  Always follow the right calculations and label directions in choosing a nozzle and calibrating your sprayer.  Learn more by reading this article.


Agronomic Experts to Give Local Tips at Field Days

ISA’s ILSoyAdvisor program will host two field days in July 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.  Registration and details here.


Apply Now for ASA DuPont Young Leader Program

The American Soybean Association (ASA), DuPont Pioneer and DuPont Crop Protection are seeking 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.  ASA, its 26 state affiliates, including the Grain Farmers of Ontario, and DuPont, will work together to identify top producers to represent their states.


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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