Illinois soybean farmers and farm operators with an interest in advocacy and leadership are encouraged to run for one of four potential open director positions representing Illinois on the American Soybean Association (ASA) board.
Members of the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) return home following a high-level, bi-partisan trade mission to Cuba, which included U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D, IL-17) and Rodney Davis (R, IL-13), along with other agriculture and industry leaders.
Today, Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) Chairman Daryl Cates joined Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and a delegation of 21 Taiwanese soy industry representatives to sign a Letter of Intent to purchase Illinois soybeans and their products.
Today the Illinois Soybean Growers joined U.S. Senator Dick Durbin to discuss increased trade opportunities in Cuba for Illinois soybean farmers during an event on the Illinois State University campus in Normal.
Today the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is pleased to hear President Barack Obama announce plans to reopen Cuban and U.S. embassies in Washington D.C. and Havana. This latest announcement comes after Cuba recently was formally removed from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism.
The Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) commends the U.S. House of Representatives for passing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to keep U.S. trade negotiations in Europe and around the Pacific moving forward.
Today the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) commends U.S. President Barack Obama and the State Department for recommending removing Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. Cuba, which is 90 miles off the U.S. coast, has been on the list since March 1, 1982.
Today the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) commends U.S. Senator Dick Durbin for joining senators Amy Klobuchar, Mike Enzi, Debbie Stabenow, Jeff Flake and Patrick Leahy for introducing legislation to lift the trade embargo with Cuba.
The Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is pleased to join the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC), standing up today with more than 30 other prominent U.S. food and agriculture companies and associations and legislators in Washington, D.C.
Farmers across Illinois predict a record harvest, and soon soybeans will leave Illinois fields en route to customers around the world. Access to multiple modes of transportation provides a competitive advantage to Illinois farmers, but aging infrastructure poses a unique challenge to transportation. With 42 percent of the soybeans grown in the U.S. exported to other countries, transportation is key for the industry's success.
Delegates from the Illinois Cuba Working Group (ICWG) were in Washington, D.C., today asking Congress and the Obama Administration to loosen trade restrictions so Illinois farmers and ag organizations can provide food to Cuban consumers.
The Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) brought together more than 100 farmers, researchers, leaders of agricultural organizations and federal officials to discuss the worldwide benefits of agricultural biotechnology, focusing on acceleration of government approval of biotech seed for soybeans and other crops.
A group of Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) directors and staff recently met with key marketing and research staff from DuPont Pioneer in Johnston, Iowa, and Stine Seed Company in Adel, Iowa. The group reviewed the latest advances in soybean breeding programs and discussed opportunities to collaborate on future projects.
Directors and staff from the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) recently joined forces with the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) in responding to growing international interest in soybean sustainability. The groups met with key customers in Mexico City and Guadalajara, Mexico, last week to answer questions, share Illinois farming practices and help maintain market access for U.S. soybeans.
ISG says the Water Resource Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) just approved by Congress is a positive step toward helping the U.S. inland waterway system remain competitive for U.S. soybean and other ag exports. The legislation addresses increased funding for harbor maintenance, shifts in inland waterways trust fund spending, and streamlined practices for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) appreciates Senator Dick Durbin's biodiesel support expressed during a press conference yesterday in Washington, D.C., with other farm state senators. Legislators highlighted the need for reinstatement of the federal biodiesel tax credit and for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase proposed 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for biodiesel.
Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) joined with other members of the Illinois Cuba Working Group (ICWG) late last week in formally asking President Barack Obama to continue to advance the U.S.-Cuba relationship.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) recently joined farmers and stakeholders from around the state to discuss local infrastructure issues that both limit and enable agricultural efficiency and profitability.
The Illinois Soybean Association is pleased that the House of Representatives approved the Agricultural Act of 2014. This farm bill provides effective, multi-year farm legislation and establishes practical risk management programs for our nation-leading soybean farmers.
Illinois soybean farmers are pleased House and Senate conferees reached an agreement this week on the final version of the farm bill, and look forward to quick approval of the bill in both the House of Representatives and Senate.
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.
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 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.
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.
Illinois Soybean Association Director Rob Shaffer from El Paso, Ill., joined Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos in a press conference Thursday in Peoria to promote the Water Infrastructure Now Public-Private Partnership Act.
Illinois soybean farmers are pleased the House Ag Committee has passed H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, which is the committee's version of a new farm bill. However, Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) feels the bill falls short in addressing planting flexibility and market orientation.
The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA/S. 601) today, which is good news for Illinois soybean farmers and others who rely on the waterways infrastructure to move soybeans to market.
Illinois soybean farmers are pleased the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry has passed the "Agricultural Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013," the committee’s version of a new farm bill this week. Farmers now seek swift action from the full U.S. Senate to do the same.