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Illinois Farmer Elected to American Soybean Association Executive Committee (12-5-2013)Ron Moore, soybean farmer from Roseville, Ill., and Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) at-large director, was elected this week to serve on the American Soybean Association (ASA) Executive Committee as one of four vice presidents.
Illinois Soybean Farmer Elected National Biodiesel Board Treasurer (11-21-2013)Mike Cunningham, soybean farmer from Bismarck, Ill., and an Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) representative to the American Soybean Association, was elected treasurer of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), Nov. 20.
ISA to Honor Five with Industry Leadership Excellence (11-13-2013)The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) will honor five soybean industry leaders in Bloomington, Ill., Nov. 25.
Soybean Board Elections are July 2 at Henry-Stark County FSA Offices (6-27-2013)Illinois Soybean Board district director elections scheduled for Tuesday, July 2, will be conducted for farmers in Henry and Stark counties at the Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices in those counties. Farmers traditionally vote at their county Extension offices, but the Henry-Stark Extension office is closed on Tuesdays.
Petitions Available for Illinois Soybean Board District Director Elections (4-15-2013)Petitions are available for growers interested in running for open director positions with the Illinois Soybean Board (ISB). Petitions can be obtained from the Department of Agriculture, county extension offices listed below or from the ISA office by calling 888-826-4011. Petitions must be filed by May 15, 2013.
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Illinois Soybean Farmer Elected to U.S. Meat Export Federation Executive Board (11-18-2013)Illinois soybean and hog farmer John Hagenbuch, Utica, Ill., was elected to the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Executive Board during their annual meeting earlier this month.
ISA Supports Animal Agriculture through Illinois Livestock Symposium (2-4-2013)The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) will host a free Illinois Livestock Symposium, Feb. 14, 2013, in an effort to continue to provide support to the state's animal agriculture industry.
ISG Disappointed with Biodiesel Levels in EPA's RFS Proposal (11-18-2013)Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is disappointed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Proposed Rule for the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Required Volume Obligations (RVO) issued late last week. The biomass-based diesel levels -- which are the amount of biofuels that obligated parties must utilize for 2014 -- would be reduced below the amount actually produced in 2013.
ISA Works with Infrastructure Expert to Spotlight Defunct Rural Bridge Problems (11-14-2013)The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) recently teamed up with author and infrastructure expert Dan McNichol to expose the economic harm that failing roads and bridges cause for Illinois communities.
New Intermodal Container Facility Increases Market Access for Illinois Soy (9-20-2013)The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) Executive Committee attended the opening ceremony of Archer Daniels Midland Company's (ADM) new intermodal container ramp in Decatur Thursday.
Illinois Soybean Growers Pleased with House Committee's WRRDA Passage (9-20-2013)The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted unanimously Thursday to approve the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), a move welcomed by Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG). The bill would speed up Army Corps of Engineers projects and boost harbor maintenance funding.
Study Finds Soybeans Maintain Quality in Containers (6-20-2013)A growing number of soybean customers choose to import soybeans via containers to take advantage of specific characteristics, such as high protein, oil or grade factor. A recent checkoff-funded study sponsored by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) confirms customer expectations for a certain type of product are well met, as soybean quality does not depreciate between loading and unloading.
Soybean College Offers Farmers Practical, Hands-on Training (6-19-2013)Farmers seeking new opportunities to gain soybean production knowledge and management skills that can be applied in their own farming operations are invited to attend Farm Journal's 2013 Soybean College, sponsored by the Illinois soybean checkoff and Illinois Soybean Association (ISA). The one-day event will be held near Heyworth, Ill., July 24, 2013.
Record-Breaking Yield Challenge Participation Raises Bar on Innovation (6-28-2012)With the July 1 official registration and planning deadline only days away, the third annual Illinois Yield Challenge is well underway with nearly 50 teams and 300 plots across the state confirmed. Created by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) and funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff, the Yield Challenge invites Illinois soybean farmers to collaborate with team members and sponsors to strategize and test new yield-enhancing production practices. By exchanging ideas and techniques, participants work together on experimenting and evaluating the best methods for maximizing their profitability.
U of I Scientists Look to China for Increased Soybean Yields (6-11-2012)In new research funded by the soybean checkoff, University of Illinois and USDA-ARS researchers are exploring the genetic potential of exotic soybean lines from China to increase yields for United States farmers.
ISA/Farm Journal Soybean College Offers Growers Practical, Hands-on Training (5-21-2012)The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is hosting Farm Journal’s Soybean College at the Corn College Campus in Heyworth, Ill., on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff, Soybean College is designed to equip growers with production knowledge and management skills they can apply in their own farming operations.
Checkoff-Funded Research Shows Early Soybean Planting Boosts Yield Potential (4-26-2012)Each day Illinois farmers delay soybean planting can negatively affect yields, according to the latest University of Illinois research. Funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff and conducted at six sites throughout Illinois, researchers found the highest yields came from early plantings -- about mid-April -- before yield loss accelerated.
ISA QualiMap Helps Farmers See Impact of Soybean Composition on Profitability (5-14-2013)The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) has released its QualiMap Toolkit; a new online tool that allows Illinois soybean farmers to see and better understand the impact soybean composition (protein and oil) can have on their profitability and the Illinois soybean industry.
Nominate soybean varieties for the 2012 VIPS by the end of February (2-8-2012)Help identify the best yielding and most resistant varieties to improve profit
Did you grow a high-yielding, high-quality soybean variety last year? Nominate it online by February 28, 2012, to be included in the 2012 Variety Information Program for Soybeans (VIPS).
Grants Available for Illinois Soybean Farm Sustainability Projects (10-10-2013)Sustainability pays, especially for farmers who are awarded grants to test on-farm production practices in 2014 that can build bottom lines while protecting the environment.
SoyCam.com Lets People See Soybean Production in Action (6-11-2013)Spring planting time is here for soybean farmers across Illinois, and the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) makes it easy for educators and consumers to see the process in action.
Illinois Soybean Farmer Successes Hailed at Ag Issues Forum (2-28-2013)Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) CEO Craig Ratajczyk joined national thought leaders at this week's eighth annual Ag Issues Forum, highlighting the state's on-farm environmental efficiency gains and portraying Illinois soybean farms as sustainability benchmarks. The forum was sponsored by Bayer CropScience.
ISA Encourages Farmers to Complete Soybean Sustainability Survey (1-31-2013)Measurement to Help Document Sustainability Successes
Two National Sustainable Soybean Initiative (NSSI) surveys may prove the environmental, economic and social successes of soybean production and ultimately help protect market access for farmers.
Sustainability Leaders Address Evolving Soybean Marketplace at ISA Symposium (7-25-2012)National sustainability leaders expressed the need for continuous improvement and sharing soybean farmers’ sustainability stories. This is needed for Illinois soybean farmers to remain competitive in a changing global marketplace during an Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) event today in Chicago.
Illinois Soybean Farmers Help Drive Waterways Infrastructure Legislation (3-15-2013)Illinois soybean farmer efforts to improve waterways infrastructure and the partnerships the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) has forged were instrumental in getting legislation introduced this week to improve the nation's waterways infrastructure.
Illinois Soybean Association Launches Online Advocacy Tool for Farmers (4-26-2012)Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) farmer leaders announce the launch of Voice for Soy, a new online legislative action center. Voice for Soy was created to boost ISA's legislative efforts by activating Illinois farmers into effective advocates.
Soybean Growers Disappointed in Failure of House to Pass Farm Bill (6-20-2013)Illinois soybean farmers are disappointed in the U.S. House of Representatives failure today to pass H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. The bill failed in a vote of 195-234.
ISA Brings Experts Together to Explore Coordinated Ag Biotech Approval Process (9-12-2013)More than 200 biotechnology regulators, international trade experts and farmers from 16 countries on five continents met in Champaign, Ill., last month to discuss the state of the agricultural biotechnology regulatory systems and its implications for the future, as well as explore some solutions.
Biotechnology Symposium Attracts Visitors From Around the Globe (8-12-2013)The International Biotechnology Symposium is gathering a global audience to discuss ways to streamline regulatory and trade approvals for farmer use of biotech seed and the worldwide trade of soybeans, corn and other crops grown with biotechnology.
ISA Announces Dynamic International Biotechnology Symposium Agenda (7-23-2013)As the global demand for food continues to grow, experts are searching for solutions to meet burgeoning demand. Biotechnology has emerged as an answer to meet the need for increased crop quality and yields. However, new biotech developments are taking too long to reach farmers because the international regulatory approval process for new biotechnology traits is not synchronized.
Illinois Soy Ambassadors See Benefits of U.S. Soy in Central America (7-1-2013)Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) Soy Ambassadors were in Guatemala and Nicaragua last week as part of a mission to learn more about the use of U.S. soybeans in human diets and in combating malnutrition in both countries.
ISA Selects 10 Students as 2013-14 Illinois Soybean Crop Science Scholars (5-9-2013)The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) has selected 10 college juniors to receive crop science scholarships beginning with the 2013-14 school year. Three
ISA Thankful to see Progress on Waterways Improvement Legislation (10-24-2013)The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is thankful the U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2013. The bill would speed up U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects and boost harbor maintenance funding.
Illinois Soybean Farmers Pleased with Davis Appointment as Farm Bill Conferee (10-14-2013)Illinois soybean farmers are pleased with the appointment of U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, Taylorville, Ill., Republican representing central and southwestern Illinois, as one of 29 House farm bill conferees made official over the weekend.
Illinois Soybean Association and Cargill Announce Partnership To Advance Soybean Yields and Quality (3-7-2012)International grain marketing company Cargill is the latest organization to join a new partnership program with the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) to help advance the soybean industry in the state. As a corporate partner, Cargill will collaborate with Illinois soybean farmers to improve soybean yields and quality.
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