Be a Leader

Are you interested in learning more about the Illinois soybean industry and serving as a leader?  ISA encourages soybean farmers from all parts of the state, from all sizes of farms, and from all walks of life to get involved. Read more about one ISA director's experience. Click here for more information about serving on a checkoff board.

Illinois Soybean Association Board Member

ISA will have five director positions open when the current fiscal year ends Aug. 31, 2018. The process for district director elections officially begins in April 2018. Districts with openings are District 10, representing Christian, Dewitt, Macon, Moultrie and Shelby counties; District 16, representing Clay, Edwards, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne and White counties; and District 17, representing Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph and Washington counties. The process for at-large director elections officially begins in February 2018. Two nominees from the application pool will be elected by a majority of soybean farmers in attendance at the annual meeting, Aug. 1, 2018, in Champaign, Ill. No write-in provision exists for at-large directors. For more information, contact ISA Staff.

To get a current board member’s perspective on why she values serving on the board, please see this article.


American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leader Program

ISA encourages Illinois soybean farmers to apply for the American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leader program. The challenging, educational two-part training allows farmers to build leadership skills, expand agricultural knowledge and develop strong peer relationships with farmers from around the country. Phase I of the training takes place at the DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Iowa in November. The training continues in San Antonio, Texas, during the 2017 Commodity Classic. Applications are accepted online here. ASA will work with ISA and DuPont to identify the top producer to represent Illinois as part of this program. One couple or individual per state will be selected. Application deadline is Aug. 1, 2016.

Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation

The IALF is a non-profit (501 c 3) educational corporation under Illinois law. The funds raised provide for the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program (IALP), a two-year, seminar-based cutting edge curriculum in the areas of business, economics, communication and leadership skill development. Click here for more information about the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation.

Soy Ambassadors

The Soy Ambassador Leadership Program, sponsored by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs, gives participants opportunites to gain leadership, expertise, industry exposure and a global perspective.  Ambassadors develop skills and qualities that are crucial for future leadership roles in the soybean and agriculture industry. Click here for more information about the Soy Ambassador Program.