Weekly Update

Weekly Update - June 17, 2016

June 16, 2016

“Soy in the City” Chicago Consumer Outreach Effort Begins Soon

Be on the lookout for Soy in the City this summer. Through this initiative, ISA will connect with Chicago area consumers, especially millennials and select state legislators, to share how soybeans impact their daily lives and their districts. Soy in the City will be taking the soybean story to social media as well. Watch for #SoyintheCity on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to see what soybeans mean to the city and its millennial consumers. 


Private ISA Livestock Tour Encourages Diversification

Next week, ISA will host a half-day tour and discussion with TriOak Foods, a pork integrator, about how livestock diversification can mitigate risk and provide additional opportunities for farmers.  Designed for farmers who have expressed interest in livestock diversification, attendees will see impacts of building a barn and learn about support available.  Hogs consume 74 percent of the soybean meal fed in Illinois, and pork industry growth increases local demand.  ContactKayla McKee for more information.

ISA, Pork Producers Discuss Benefits of Biodiesel 

While fleets across Illinois value biodiesel as a powerful and environment-friendly fuel source, animal ag producers appreciate biodiesel for another reason: it keeps their feed costs lower.  Such was the topic of conversation earlier this week in a meeting between ISA District 6 Director Rob Shaffer of El Paso, Ill., and board members from the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA).  Increased demand for soybean oil in applications such as biodiesel means increased supply and lower prices for meal used to make animal feed.  An ISA checkoff program-supported study found that increased biodiesel production lowered soybean meal prices by as much as $42 per ton from 2007–2015.  ISA Biodiesel Lead Rebecca Richardson and National Biodiesel Board Feedstock Development Program Manager Alan Weber also participated.

ISA Participates in Rail Summit Conference

ISA staff, representatives and partners joined transportation industry professionals in Chicago for the annual Rail Summit, June 14–15.  The meeting agenda featured speakers representing all modes of the transportation sector, with discussions focused around the conference theme of “Making Money with Rail: Linking Railroads, Ports, Trucks and Waterways.”  Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, presented findings from a soybean checkoff-funded study evaluating economic value of commodities and agriculture from farm to markets around the world.

ISA Asks Farmers to Consider Two Illinois 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.

No-Till Farmer to Host Free Webinar

Scott Wohltman, Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) and agronomist with La Crosse Seed, will lead a free webinar, June 22, at 10 a.m. titled “Managing Nitrogen & Other Nutrients in Cover Crop Systems.”  He will focus on nitrogen fixation, terminating cover crop legumes, inoculants and more.  Register here.

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.

Register to Attend 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.

Have You Registered Yet for the 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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