Weekly Update

Weekly Update - May 27, 2016

May 26, 2016

Soybean Producers Meet with Cuban Leaders

Three Illinois soybean farmers visited Cuba this week from May 23-26 as part of a U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) delegation. The group included Illinois Soybean Growers Secretary Doug Schroeder of Mahomet, District 17 Director David Droste of Nashville, and American Soybean Association Vice President Ron Moore of Roseville. Schroeder and Droste also are ISG’s representatives to USACC and the Illinois Cuba Working Group. While in Cuba, they toured Cuba co-op farm hosted by Juan Jose Leon, spokesman for Cuba's Ministry of Agriculture; met with business leaders, government officials and farmers.


Soybean Farmers Invited to Attend Biodiesel Workshop

Soybean farmers are invited to attend an upcoming biodiesel workshop, June 9, at Premiere Cooperative in Tolono, Ill.  The workshop will cover characteristics of biodiesel fuel, technological advances, fuel specifications and tips for biodiesel blend use.  This ISA checkoff program helps educate fuel distributors and users about the latest advances in biodiesel to promote its increased use.  Anyone wishing to attend the free workshop is encouraged to RSVP.  More information is available online.

Soybean Farmers Call on Congress to Work on TPP

Pointing to a recent report from the International Trade Commission showing American agriculture as among the largest beneficiaries from a potential Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, the American Soybean Association (ASA) has renewed its call for Congress to work toward passage of the 12-nation trade pact.  According to the report, exports to TPP nations by 2032 would increase by $27.2 billion.  The agricultural economy in the U.S. would grow by $10 billion, the greatest gain of any American industry sector.  For soybean farmers, the benefits of the TPP come in the form of increased soybean meal sales domestically to meet demand created by increased meat exports to TPP nations. 

Chicago-Area Influencers and City Mom Alumni Tour Monsanto

Illinois Farm Families (IFF) invited a group of dieticians, nutritionists, nurses, professors and city mom alumni to spend a Saturday afternoon touring Monsanto’s Research Center in Chesterfield, MO.  The day included a group discussion, tour of the building (including going inside a grow room and greenhouse), panel discussions with Monsanto staff and Illinois farmers and an after-tour mixer to allow the group to talk about the day.  The group’s conversation revolved around being comfortable with the safety, the process and the science behind GMOs and farmers' choices, misleading media messages and what farmers are doing in regards to sustainability and how farming practices are so advanced.  Many tour guests asked to continue the conversation by being included in IFF’s communications.

Make Plans Now to Participate in 2016 Yield Challenge

Are you interested in participating in the 2016 Yield Challenge, and the opportunity to try new management strategies to increase yields?  Entering is easy.  Registration is $25 per entry, and you are welcome to enter as many plots as you like.  Start by completing a general interest form by July 15, 2016, just so ISA knows “you’re in.”  Then complete the official registration form found here, due to ISA no later than Sept. 1.  Yield totals and other production data are easy to collect and must be verified by an approved third party and submitted via the harvest forms by Nov. 15, 2016.

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.

IDOA Schedules Clean Sweep Collection in Central Illinois

Residents of 12 Illinois counties can dispose of unwanted agrichemicals for free this year through the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s (IDOA) “Clean Sweep” program.  The collection has been scheduled in late summer for Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Jasper, Lawrence, Moultrie, Richland and Shelby counties.  Clean Sweep, which rotates among Illinois counties, is open to farmers, retired farmers, nursery owners, private pesticide applicators, structural pest control applicators and landowners who inherited unwanted ag pesticides with their property.  Participants must register the products they plan to dispose of by July 15.  Forms can be obtained by calling the IDOA Pesticide Hotline at 800-641-3934.  Completed forms should be mailed or faxed to Clean Sweep Program, Illinois Department of Agriculture, State Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL, 62794-9281.  The fax number is 217-524-4882.  Participants will receive a reservation card with details about their collection.

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.

Stay Informed with ILSoyAdvisor

Soybean farmers can stay informed with ILSoyAdvisor.com this season.  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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