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American Soybean Association Looking for Young Leaders

The American Soybean Association, sponsored by DuPont is seeking applicants for the 2014 Young Leader program. The criteria is people interested in gaining knowledge to take that next step in leadership, actual age is not a factor. What they are looking for is innovative soybean farmers interested in growing their existing skill for future leadership positions. Applicants must show strong leadership qualities demonstrated through production and or marketing of soybeans and communities. Applicants must be a member of their state soybean association, and be 21 years of age. For more information visit soygrowers dot com and look under the “Learn” tab. Applications will be accepted until October 1st.

3 Commodity Groups Stand Firm on Positions in Letter to Congressional Ag Leaders

The American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association and U.S. Canola Association sent a letter to House and Senate Ag Leaders last week making clear they still favor more market-oriented farm policies – and that won’t change as both chambers prepare for conference on the bill. All three organizations say they will oppose any bill containing a risk management program that would tie planted acres to target prices.

Current Supply of Beans Won’t Last

If the numbers are correct – then it is very unlikely the supply of soybeans on hand in the United States is big enough to keep up with the pace of the crush – says Darrel Good, ag economist at the University of Illinois. He watches the numbers and says the pace at which crushers have been using soybeans hasn’t slowed enough – yet – to make last year’s soybean crop last until this fall’s harvest…

Good thinks that sharp drop off in the domestic crush is highly suspect.

Pork Checkoff Releases Second Installment in Webinar Series

The Pork Checkoff has funded a series of webinars focusing on sow housing. Sherrie Niekamp – Pork Checkoff Director of Animal Welfare – says this series is a continuation of educational webinars presented earlier this year. The second series of seminars will begin later this month with an emphasis on production efficiency…

Pork producers can register for these free webinars at pork dot org ( is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.