Weekly Update

Weekly Update - June 30, 2016

June 30, 2016

Board District Director Elections Next Week

Several Illinois soybean districts will hold elections July 7 for open director positions with the Illinois Soybean Board (ISB).  The ISB, through the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) 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).  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 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.

Advocacy Heats Up Ahead of the Election

Advocacy is critical to ensure soybean farmers have choices in the field.  Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) relentlessly is tracking important issues, including GMO labeling, Renewable Fuel Standards and international trade.  With fewer than 30 work days before the election, Congressional leaders are busy drafting bills and pushing through legislation.  Meanwhile, state leaders are in the heart of budget negotiations.  Stay tuned to Voice for Soy for the latest on key issues, and please participate in upcoming calls to action to make your voice heard.  Click here to register with Voice for Soy to follow along.

Illinois Livestock Industry is Growing

Illinois farmers and integrators in 2016 have filed plans to build or expand more than 70 livestock barns, signaling valuable growth potential for the Illinois livestock industry.  Because animal agriculture is the top market for Illinois soybean meal, their success benefits soybean farmers.  ISA congratulates farm families as they complete barns and welcome neighbors to open houses to show support for this market.

Participate in Crop Outlook Webinar Tomorrow

Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture is hosting a webinar July 1 at 9 a.m. to focus on USDA’s June 30 Acreage Report.  Chris Hurt, David Widmar and Jim Mintert are hosting.  Register here.

Soil Health Field Days Continue This Month

The Soil Health Partnership is providing Illinois farmers 12 field days through September at locations around the state.  Upcoming dates include July 7, Petersburg, Ill.; July 13, Fairbury, Ill.; and July 14, Decatur, Ill.  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.  More information and registration details are here.

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.

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.

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.

Have You Registered Yet for the 2016 Yield Challenge?

If you are interested in participating in the 2016 Yield Challenge, time is running out.  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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