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Anti-ag sentiment seems to be everywhere in today's world. From legislation designed to block the expansion of livestock operations to denials about the important role biotechnology plays in feeding an ever-growing global population, activists are working to put an end to American agriculture. That's why we need YOU to help support and influence key policies that will enable Illinois soybean farmers to be the most effective producers in the world.
When you join Illinois Soybean Growers, you are taking a stand against these pressures… adding your "Voice for Soy" to those of many other "agvocates" in Springfield and Washington, D.C. Just look at what we recently accomplished:
In the News
Progress on Waterways Improvement Legislation
October 25, 2013 – The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2013. This bill would speed up the work of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and boost harbor maintenance funding.
ISA is thankful that there is movement on this legislation. IL soybean farmer and ISA chairman Bill Raben says, “We are pleased that Congress is moving on this important legislation, which would help soybean farmers get product into the market place more efficiently and economically. We hope the House and Senate can iron out any differences between their bills and approve final legislation in a timely manner.”
The Water Infrastructure Now Public- Private Partnership Act that is included in the legislation would create a pilot program to explore agreements between the Army Corps of Engineers and private entities as alternatives to traditional financing, planning, design, and construction models. This program would help advance projects along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.
Provisions in H.R. 3080 that are supported by ISA include:
H.R. 3080 and S. 601, which was passed in May, hope to increase funding for projects to deepen seaport harbors and for upgrades to river locks used by barges. Both would limit time spent on environmental impact reviews for proposed construction efforts and try to limit the authority of Army Corps to keep more project decisions in the hands of Congress.
There are also differences in the bills, such as approaches to spending harbor cargo tax collections on various channel projects. The ISA hopes these differences can be resolved in order to enact a final bill by the end of the year.
Make Your Mark
Did you know that even if you contribute to the Illinois soybean checkoff, you are NOT automatically a member of ISG? Because soybean checkoff dollars cannot be used to fund legislative efforts of any kind, we must depend upon our dues-paying members to help support our political activities. For this reason, we leverage ISG's role as a grassroots, membership-based organization, so we can focus on those regulation and legislative issues that can potentially affect soybean profitability, such as:
Your ASA Membership Offers New Rewards!
Whether you choose to join ISG as a one-year member for $95 or a three-year member for $195 (a $90 savings), you will receive several valuable benefits that more than double your investment! Participate in the new AchieveLinks® Rewards Program offered by ASA as a member benefit and you will earn rewards for yourself and your business just for shopping online for the things you buy every day. When you enroll for FREE in the AchieveLinks Rewards Program and order online from your favorite merchants, you’ll earn Links® Reward Points. You also can choose to enroll your loved ones or employees under our affiliate program. No matter the route you choose, you automatically become a member of the American Soybean Association (ASA) when you become an ISA member.
Simply complete and submit our online membership form, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (309) 663-7692. If you prefer, you may download and fill out a printable application, which you should mail to ISA at the address listed at the top of the form.