ISA PRESENTS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF BIOFUELS TO GOVERNOR’S TASK FORCE
This week, ISA Chairman Doug Schroeder presented on the importance of biofuels during Gov. Pritzker’s Task Force meeting on renewable energy. The presentation was on behalf of the Illinois Biodiesel Industry, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Renewable Fuels Association, and Illinois Soybean Association. Schroeder highlighted the benefits of biofuels and how the Illinois biofuels industry has the capability to produce more than 1.8 billion gallons of Ethanol and 177 million gallons of Biodiesel per year. Read more about the Eight Principles for a Clean & Renewable Illinois Economy here.
SIU SOYBEAN RESEARCH FINDS NEW TOOL TO FIGHT SUDDEN DEATH SYNDROME
Mirian Pimentel, a Southern Illinois University Carbondale agricultural sciences doctoral student, recently discovered a promising new tool that could help fight sudden death syndrome (SDS) in soybeans. With research funding from the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), the North Central Soybean Research Program and the United Soybean Board, Pimentel and her team have been able to explore the interactions of pathogens and look for solutions. Read more about Pimentel’s work here.
ILLINOIS RIVER UPDATES WILL BENEFIT SOYBEAN TRANSPORTATION
Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is relying on current Illinois River lock and dam improvements to help move soybeans to market more efficiently in the future. ISA director, Elliot Uphoff states, “ISA has made it a priority during the last several years to identify and collaborate with those transportation and infrastructure partners who can help secure funding to improve the locks and dams along the Illinois River.” Ongoing investment in improving these systems will continue to benefit soybean transportation and exports. Read the full release about these updates here.
ISA CREATES BIODIESEL VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE
Ever wondered or been asked how biodiesel is produced from soybean oil? The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program has created a virtual reality experience that highlights all of the steps in the process. Click on the biodiesel circle on the home page for instructions, and then click on portals for you to enter the experience. Within each portal, circle around for a 360-degree view and see highlighted graphics that share key statistics about soybeans and biodiesel production and use. For more information on ISA’s biodiesel efforts, click here.
CRACKING GOOD NEWS FOR WORLD EGG DAY
Just in time for World Egg Day on Friday, October 9, a new survey from the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) found that a record number of Ghanaians are benefiting from eggs. In 2017, Ghanaian egg producers, health advisors, government leaders, academic partners and others joined WISHH to launch Ghana’s National Egg Campaign. Together WISHH and Ghana’s National Egg Campaign are proud to announce the 2020 egg consumption survey results: Per capita consumption of eggs has gone from 172 in 2016 to 235 in 2020. As a comparison, U.S. annual per-person consumption of eggs and egg products in 2019 was 293, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Join WISHH in celebrating this egg-cellent news on October 9, World Egg Day and enjoy some Ghanaian-style egg dishes with three recipes offered on WISHH’s new online resource center, here.
The American Soybean Association (ASA) recently launched the #SeeSoyHarvest campaign to showcase harvest videos captured by soy farmers across growing regions. Videos will be released each Tuesday and Thursday throughout October and ASA is inviting you to celebrate this special time of year and join the journey by watching this video series and “liking” or sharing what you see on social media along the way. Visit ASA on Facebook or Twitter to help promote this great initiative.
WHEN SHOULD I HARVEST MY SOYBEANS?
When is the right time to start soybean harvest? At 15% moisture, 13% or later? CCA Soy Envoy Jason Boehler compares yield loss at different moisture levels to price discounts in his latest article to determine the ideal harvest period. Read Boehler’s article and get the latest in-season, actionable advice at ILSoyAdvisor.com.
CELEBRATE PORK MONTH THIS OCTOBER
It’s October which means Pork Month is finally here. The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) has a full plate of programs and opportunities planned this month to help celebrate the occasion. Pig Farmer Chad Bell says, “As a pig farmer, I think about the Earth’s natural resources every day. Land, water, and air are critical to farmers and our ability to continue to provide an affordable food supply. I want to preserve and improve these natural resources, minimize waste and above all, farm in a sustainable way. You could say we’re using the principles of the three R’s we all learned about in elementary school – reduce, reuse, recycle – to meet our sustainability goals.” Watch this new video from Illinois Farm Families (IFF) that highlights pig farming, pork products, and the sustainable practices used. Watch the full video here and be on the lookout for other ways to celebrate Pork Month throughout October.
NEXT GENERATION SCIENTISTS FOR BIODIESEL
Attention all science majors! If you have a passion for biodiesel, apply now for a scholarship to the 2021 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. The application period is open for college-level science majors to receive travel scholarships to next year’s conference. 2020 applicant Alicia Vrabec from Loyola University Chicago said, “My trip to the 2020 National Biodiesel Conference has been an incredible experience that has greatly influenced my view of biodiesel as well as my part in the future of the industry.” If you are interested, apply here.
USDA AWARDS NEARLY $500K TO SUPPORT WETLANDS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced it will award $498,010 for a new wetland mitigation banking project in Illinois through the Wetland Mitigation Banking Program. Mitigation banks create credits through restoration, creation, or enhancement of wetlands to compensate for impacts on ecosystems in developing communities and serves ag producers in more flexible ways. Read more about the program here.
ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF LABOR STRESSES GRAIN BIN SAFETY
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is predicting a bin buster harvest of soybeans and corn for many Illinois farmers in 2020. However, those bins can also be deadly. Grain storage is a particularly dangerous area on family farms and in other agricultural settings. Grain bin tragedies can literally happen in seconds. While workers should avoid entering grain bins if possible, safety measures can greatly diminish the risk if they must enter. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says one of the most important measures is to turn off and lock out all powered equipment to the grain bin and tag it to remain off – known as Lock Out/Tag Out. Read more about how to stay safe this fall in the full release here.
PRITZKER ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES $5 MILLION BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM FOR AG
The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) recently announced the availability of $5 million in business recovery funding for livestock producers and small meat and poultry plants suffering interruptions as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Governor JB Pritzker said, “Illinois remains a leading agricultural state in the nation, and I’m proud to help farmers build on that success by providing needed grants to help offset the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The new funding opportunity is part of the state’s Business Interruption Grants program (BIG), which leverages federal CARES Act money to help small businesses statewide offset losses incurred in connection to COVID-19. Online applications are available now through October 31 here.
SOY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS – DEADLINE OCTOBER 15
The Foundation for Soy Innovation is pleased to offer $1,000 scholarships for 2021 for individuals positioned to make an impact on the future of the soy value chain. Scholarships are intended for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, early-career faculty and young professionals, and may be used for coursework, supplies, specialty training and/or participation in a professional conference. Applications are being accepted through October 15. Interested applicants can apply here.
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