Weekly Update

Weekly Update - May 13, 2015

May 12, 2016

ISA Checkoff Program Awards Scholarships

ISA has chosen seven college students to receive crop science scholarships for the 2016-17 school year.  The scholarships are funded through the ISA checkoff program.  Six recipients are enrolled at the University of Illinois and one attends Western Illinois University.  All of the students are pursuing agricultural coursework, with concentrations in such areas as plant breeding, biotechnology, plant pathology, weed and crop management.  Awardees include Hannah Donoho, Mahomet; Mary Fielding, Lynn Center; Zachary Harper, Morris; Parrish Smith, Urbana; Faith Wendte, Altamont; Benjamin Weigmann, Breese; and Kelsey Bergman, Litchfield.  Awardees are encouraged to find on-campus employment in soybean research and attend graduate school.  Scholarships were awarded based on exceptional academic ability, leadership and financial need. 

Check Out Our Advocacy Champions

Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) welcomes seven new Voice for Soy Advocacy Champions.  These Illinois soybean farmers are outstanding advocacy representatives for ISG who will reach out to other Voice for Soy users during action alerts to encourage them to engage in the advocacy process.  They’ll also submit customized letters to legislators to further raise the voice of Illinois soybean farmers in Springfield and Washington, D.C.  See if your friends and neighbors are on the list.  Interested in amplifying your voice by becoming a Voice for Soy Advocacy Champion?  Email Allison Dukes.

ISG Seeks Potential ASA Director Candidates

Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) announces applications are available for those interested in becoming one of up to four candidates for ASA director.  With the restructure of ASA and if the ISG board approves the project budget in June, ISG will have the opportunity for five ASA representatives instead of three.  Bill Wykes' term is complete next year, so his position is not open.  Ron Moore is completing his first term as a director and is eligible to run for a second term.  Due to the tenure provision specified in the ASA by-laws, Mike Cunningham is not eligible for reelection.  Interested parties can request an application form and return to Angel Terrell by June 10, 2016.  To be eligible, you must be an ASA member, produce soybeans as a farm owner, manager or operator, not be an officer or director of any other national soybean policy organization and be elected by the ISG board.  All eligible candidates will be invited to the ISG July 28 board meeting to speak prior to elections that day.  No write-in provision exists.

Officials Schedule Kaskaskia River Upper Reach Meeting

Updates on water quality and the comprehensive ecosystem restoration plan will be presented during a meeting June 15 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Shelbyville Project Office.  The water quality portion of the meeting will include updates on changes in water quality throughout the watershed.  Suggestions for improving areas of poor water quality will be developed.  The meeting also will focus on options for restoring the deteriorating ecosystems.  For additional information, contact Steve Jurgens.

Meat and Poultry Exports Eat Up Illinois Soybean Meal

ISA actively supports U.S. meat and poultry exports because such exports create a valuable soybean meal market.  A recently released USB analysis estimates the average annual value of Illinois soybean meal exported as meat and poultry at $42.4 million during the past decade.  As the global middle class grows and demands more protein, the research projects this annual average could grow to $53.3 million during the next 10 years.  A healthy animal agriculture industry in and near Illinois will increase the benefits meat and poultry exports bring to Illinois soybean farmers.

Active on Social Media? Raise Your Voice with USFRA

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is creating a digital voices initiative intended to positively insert farmers’ voices into the consumer food conversations that are taking place on social media.  Similar to Illinois Farm Families’ SMART Force, the program includes the Digital Voices Community – a private social media group that’s trained and encouraged to participate in online social media conversations.  Ideal candidates include people who:
  • Have a robust online social media presence.
  • Regularly post content updates to either a blog or website.
  • Possess knowledge on one of the core issues (animal welfare, antibiotics and hormones, crop inputs, GMOs and sustainability).
  • Desire to further the dialogue between farmers, ranchers and consumers.
  • Have experience speaking to or educating consumers on today's agricultural practices.
If this sounds like you, please click here to apply to be part of the USFRA Digital Voices Community.

Petitions Available for District Director Elections

Petitions are available for farmers interested in running for open director positions with the Illinois Soybean Board (ISB).  Petitions can be obtained from the Illinois Department of Agriculture, local University of Illinois Extension offices and the ISA office.  Petitions must be filed by May 15, 2016.  Six Illinois districts will hold director elections this year:
  • District 3:        Henderson, Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, Stark, Warren, Whiteside
  • District 4:        Bureau, Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle     
  • District 6:        Livingston, McLean, Woodford
  • District 8:        Adams, Brown, Hancock, McDonough, Schuyler
  • District 15:      Clinton, Madison, Monroe, St. Clair
  • District 18:      Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Williamson
Due to the tenure provision, as specified in the soybean checkoff program, the directors in District 6 and District 18 are not eligible for re-election.  The directors serving in District 3, District 4, District 8 and District 15 are each eligible to serve another three-year term.  To be eligible to serve, a candidate must be an Illinois resident and resident grower of the district he or she seeks to represent, of legal voting age and a contributor to the soybean checkoff.  Petitions filed with the Illinois Director of Agriculture must contain signatures of at least five percent of the soybean growers from the district. The number of signatures required is: District 3, 174; District 4, 142; District 6, 154; District 8, 144; District 15, 91; and District 18, 105 signatures.  Elections will be held July 7 at county Extension offices in open districts.

Participate in ASA Leadership Program

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is looking for candidates for its 2016-17 Leadership At Its Best program.  The program is designed to provide state soybean leaders with advanced leadership and communication skills training so participants might advance into national leadership positions.  Leadership At Its Best is a two-part training that culminates in Washington, D.C. with Capitol Hill visits.  Illinois candidates must be a current director or a committee chair who has expressed a desire for leadership and who can attend both parts of the program:  Aug. 8-12 in Greensboro, N.C., and March 20-22, 2016 in Washington, D.C.  Click here to download more information, and complete the nomination form by May 20.  If you have questions, contact Michelle Hummel.

Stay Informed with ILSoyAdvisor

As farmers get acres planted between rain showers, they can stay informed with ILSoyAdvisor.com.  ISA officials, Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Soy Envoys and many others share regular content to help with all soybean management needs and decisions.  From written articles to podcasts, webinars and more, ILSoyAdvisor provides tools and resources that can be accessed from home computers or mobile devices. Farmers can sign up at the site for a weekly email with all the latest information for the 2016 season.

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