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Priority issues that impact Illinois soybean producers

Protecting Illinois soybean producers’ license to operate drives the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG). This list indicates a snapshot of the priority issues ISG monitors to ensure Illinois soybean producers are the most efficient producers in the world.

ISG monitors a number of issues that can affect Illinois soybean farmer market access around the world, including free trade agreements, trade-distorting policies and opportunities with China.

Congress approved the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, including a few changes that impact Illinois soybean producers.

Reinstating the biodiesel tax credit must remain a priority for Congress, which expands renewable fuel production, creates jobs and supports Illinois agriculture.

The Illinois Biodiesel Sales and Use Tax Credit, which is expected to remain intact until December 31, 2018, is a tool that helps the biodiesel industry create strong economic activity in Illinois.

The EPA finalized biomass-based diesel volume requirements at 2.1 billion gallons for 2018 and 2019, a modest increase that’s lower than recommendations.

The Illinois Biodiesel Sales and Use Tax Credit, which is expected to remain intact until December 31, 2018, is a tool that helps the biodiesel industry create strong economic activity in Illinois.

Biotech approvals are key to ensuring farmers have access to technologies that help them successfully grow a high quality crop.

ISG sees great potential in the island nation of Cuba. It is estimated that at least 20 percent of Cuba’s U.S. corn and soy imports originate from Illinois.

Growing safe food is our top priority. State-by-state GMO labeling laws will cause confusion and raise food costs for Illinois families.

Existing incentive-based program implements best management practices to help reduce nutrient losses.

Ensure your farm stays economically healthy. The definition of sustainability in Illinois must meet today’s needs and keep our farm businesses viable for the future.

WOTUS creates an enormous amount of uncertainty and risk for Illinois soybean farmers who could be subjected to federal permitting requirements before making any changes to their land.