Weekly Update

Weekly Update - June 24, 2016

June 23, 2016

 Vote during Illinois Soybean Board District Director Elections July 7

Several Illinois soybean districts will hold elections July 7 for open director positions with the Illinois Soybean Board (ISB). The ISB board through the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, issues analysis, communications and education. Once elected as a checkoff director, board members can be appointed to the Illinois Soybean Growers board. ISG provides advocacy in Springfield and Washington, D.C., to promote the interests of Illinois soybean farmers. Voting will take place at county Extension offices during regular operating hours in districts where vacancies exist.  All eligible soybean farmers and checkoff contributors are encouraged to vote.  Candidates announced by the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) include:
  • District 15 (Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties): Daryl Cates, Columbia, Ill. 
Other write-in candidates, thus far, include:
  • District 3 (Henderson, Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, Stark, Warren and Whiteside counties): John Longley, Aledo, Ill.
  • District 4 (Bureau, Grundy, Kendall and LaSalle counties): Sharon Covert, Tiskilwa, Ill.
  • District 6 (Livingston, McLean and Woodford counties): James Martin, Pontiac, Ill.
  • District 8 (Adams, Brown, Hancock, McDonough and Schuyler counties): Dale Asher, Sutter, Ill.
  • District 18 (Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union and Williamson counties): Rick Rubenacker, McLeansboro, Ill. and Sam Stratemeyer, Metropolis, Ill.
Write in candidates will be accepted until June 28. To run as a write in candidate you will have to get a “Notarized Letter of Intent” form from the  IDOA. To request the form contact David Humphreys at the IDOA (David.Humphreys@illinois.gov or 217-782-4925).  Once you complete the letter and have it notarized, return it to the IDOA by 5:00 p.m. on June 28.
For more information on ISB director elections, contact Angel Terrell at Terrella@ilsoy.org

Take Action on GMO Labeling with Voice for Soy

It is critical for the Senate to pass legislation for a voluntary, national standard on GMO labeling as quickly as possible.  If legislation is not passed, Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law will come into effect on July 1, leading to a 50-state patchwork of GMO labeling policies – and higher farming costs, new burdens on interstate commerce and the potential loss of biotechnology.  Any action taken to pass a voluntary, national GMO labeling standard is a win for Illinois farmers.  Click here to take action on GMO labeling now.  Not a Voice for Soy member?  It’s easy and free.  Click here to register.

ISA Checkoff Program Supports July 13 Indian Creek Annual Tour

The Conservation Technology Information Center will host their annual Indian Creek Watershed tour from 3-8 p.m., July 13.  The ISA checkoff program helps fund significant work throughout the watershed through direct and in-kind support.  The annual tour highlights local farmers who implement Best Management Practices that help protect and improve water quality throughout the watershed and beyond.  Pre-register by calling 815-844-6127, ext. 3, to talk to the Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District staff.  Click here to view the flyer for more information.

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.

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.

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

Stephanie Porter, Burrus sales agronomist and 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.  One continuing education unit in pest management is available.  Register here.

University of Illinois Schedules Weed Science Field Research Tour

The 2016 University of Illinois Weed Science Field Research Tour will be June 29 at the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.  The tour provides an opportunity to look at research plots and interact with weed science faculty, staff and graduate students.  Attendees will enjoy coffee and refreshments in the morning and a catered lunch.  The tour costs $10. Call 217-333-9649 with questions.

Attend Soil Health Field Days This Summer Across the State

The Soil Health Partnership is sponsoring 12 field days through September at locations around the state.  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 news.  For more information and to register, click 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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