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Quick Take: ISA awards, unwanted pesticide disposal and more

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BEYOND THE BEAN FIELD: The Illinois Soybean Association has opened nominations for the inaugural ISA achievement awards until July 8.
Learn about soybean award nominations, clean sweep collection, applying for Illinois Milk Producers Board, Growmark interns, ACES Family Academies and IPPA scholarship winners.

Nominate, apply for ISA awards

The Illinois Soybean Association has opened nominations for the new ISA achievement awards program. Nominate yourself or another farmer who has impacted the Illinois soybean industry before July 8.

There are five awards up for grabs in 2022:

Chairman’s Award. This is the highest ISA achievement award, which is designed to recognize an individual who has dedicated years of service and leadership to the soybean industry.

Legislator of the Year Award. This award honors an Illinois lawmaker who has been dedicated to help soybean farmers through advocacy of policy and regulatory issues affecting the soybean industry.

Excellence in Media Award. This is an award to recognize an individual in media who promotes the Illinois soybean industry and agriculture through print, broadcast, social and other media platforms.

Friend of Illinois Soybean Farmers Award. This award is designed to show appreciation to an individual who has gone above and beyond to advocate on behalf of Illinois soybean producers. 

Farm Family of the Year Award. This award recognizes an Illinois farm family who is actively engaged in ISA’s membership program, along with showing commitment to ISA programming and with demonstrated impact in the industry and in their communities.

Do you know someone who should be honored with an ISA award? Fill out the online nomination form by July 8. Award winners will be announced in the fall.

Participate in IDOA clean sweep collection

Do you have unwanted agricultural pesticides in need of proper disposal? Consider participating in the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s pesticide clean sweep collection program this summer.

Every year, the collection rotates among Illinois counties and is open to farmers, nursery owners, private pesticide applicators, structural pest control applicators and landowners with unwanted agricultural pesticides. This year, collections are scheduled for residents in the following counties: Fulton, Henderson, Knox, Marshall, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Warren and Woodford.

Brad Beaver, IDOA acting bureau chief of environmental programs, says farmers should take advantage of this opportunity for two reasons — the disposal service is free of charge to farmers, and the state of Illinois, instead of participants, will be liable for proper disposal of products collected.

Individuals who would like to take part in this program must register products for disposal before July 27. To register, obtain a form from IDOA by calling 800-641-3934 or going online, or visit one of the following clean sweep collection program sponsors:

  • Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District, Lewistown
  • Fulton County Farm Bureau, Lewiston
  • University of Illinois Extension – Henderson, Stronghurst
  • Henderson County Soil and Water Conservation District, Stronghurst
  • Knox Farm Bureau, Galesburg
  • Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District, Galesburg
  • University of Illinois Extension – Knox, Galesburg
  • Marshall-Putnam County Soil and Water Conservation District, Henry
  • Marshall-Putnam County Farm Bureau, Henry
  • University of Illinois Extension – Marshall/Putnam, Henry
  • University of Illinois Extension – Mercer, Viola
  • Mercer Farm Bureau, Aledo
  • Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District, Aledo
  • Peoria County Soil and Water Conservation District, Edwards
  • Peoria Farm Bureau, Peoria
  • University of Illinois Extension – Stark, Galva
  • Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District, Toulon
  • Stark Farm Bureau, Toulon
  • Warren/Henderson Farm Bureau, Monmouth
  • Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District, Monmouth
  • University of Illinois Extension – Warren, Monmouth
  • Woodford County Soil and Water Conservation District, Eureka
  • University of Illinois Extension – Woodford, Eureka
  • Woodford Farm Bureau, Eureka

After completed forms are mailed or faxed to IDOA, participants will receive a reservation card with date, time and location of their collection.

Since the start of the clean sweep collection program in 1990, IDOA has collected 626,669 pounds of material from 2,196 participants.

IMPB seeks dairy farmer leaders

The Illinois Milk Promotion Board recently announced open director positions on its board of directors. Applications must be postmarked by July 30.

Who’s eligible? Candidates must be active dairy farmers from districts 1 or 3. District 1 includes Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will and Winnebago counties. Counties in District 3 are Bond, Calhoun, Christian, Clark, Clinton, Coles, Cumberland, Edgar, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Scott, and Shelby.

Are you a dairy farmer interested in applying? Contact Tasha Bunting, IMPB manager, at [email protected] or 309-557-2993 to obtain a petition. Candidates should complete and postmark petitions by July 30. Ballot elections will occur in September.

Growmark FS announces 2022 interns

The Growmark FS system has recently announced its 2022 class of interns. Seventy-four students from colleges across North America are in person for their internships with Growmark FS locations. In 2020 and 2021, this internship program was offered in a hybrid format.

Interns are on one of the following program tracks below:

Growmark program. Interns are exposed to accounting, marketing, and product and service-related activities.

Exploring Agriculture. Interns focus on operations, equipment and technology for scouting, and assisting with facility and equipment maintenance and repair.

The following are interns in the Growmark program who attend Illinois colleges:

  • Caleb Mahr, Illinois Central College
  • Lia Lohnes, Illinois State University
  • Katey Norris, Illinois State University
  • Mason Young, Illinois State University
  • Nathan Denault, Illinois State University
  • Jessie Lewis, John A. Logan College
  • Kyle Colwell, Lincoln Land Community College
  • Ryan Orr, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
  • Caitlin Tippy, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • Justin Smith, University of Illinois
  • Jacob Wiesbrock, University of Illinois
  • Evan Link, University of Illinois
  • Jonathan DePrey, University of Illinois
  • Allison McFarlane, University of Illinois-Springfield
  • Lori Jackson, Western Illinois University
  • Isabella Gray, Western Illinois University
  • Jayna Trueblood, Western Illinois University

The following are interns in Exploring Agriculture who attend Illinois colleges:

  • Ryan Cleinmark, Heartland Community College
  • Ethan Brockman, Joliet Junior College
  • Devin Snow, Joliet Junior College
  • Zachary Kampwerth, Kaskaskia College
  • Ryan Buerster, Lake Land College
  • Fuller Anderson, Lincoln Land Community College
  • Derek Olson, North Central College
  • Hayden Mitchell, Richland Community College
  • Charles Sanders, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • Thomas Johnson, University of Illinois
  • Nathan Welch, University of Illinois
  • Kate Miller, University of Illinois
  • Reid Hawkins, University of Illinois
  • Alec Fewkes, Wabash Valley College
  • Braeton Kimbro, Western Illinois University

Register for ACES Family Academies

Are you an alum of the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences? Bring youth ages 8 to 13 to campus July 14-15 for the College of ACES Alumni Association 2022 ACES Family Academies.

The two-day experience will include opportunities to:

  • stay on campus
  • eat in residence halls
  • participate in hands-on sessions including tree identification, bread making, goal setting, agricultural innovation and more.
  • learn more about what the College of ACES has to offer prospective students

For more information, visit the College of ACES Alumni Association website. Register online by June 3.

IPPA awards 2022 scholarships

The Illinois Pork Producers Association annually offers scholarships to students who will attend a two- or four-year institution of higher education and have an interest in the pork industry.

This year, IPPA is awarding nine scholarships that total $13,500 due to funding from the Wilbert and Carol Keppy Foundation.

Scholarship recipients were determined based upon IPPA involvement, other activities and an essay covering the effects of the pandemic on the pork industry.

Scholarships are awarded at three different levels: gold, silver and bronze. Here are the recipients:

Gold level. Lydia Louise Oker of Sandwich, Lauren Curry of Alpha and Jaidyn Miller of Sheffield will receive $2,000 each.

Silver level. Madisen Winter of Kewanee, Hailey VanOpdorp of Geneseo and Michael Steimel of DeKalb will receive $1,500 each.

Bronze level. Emma Coursey of Bushnell, Lindsey Lehman of Mount Vernon and Hallie Ray of Carthage will receive $1,000 each.


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