You’re already an expert…share your expertise and insights in soybean production as a Soy Envoy.  

The Soy Envoy program, an initiative by ILSoyAdvisor and the Illinois Soybean Association, features seasoned experts in the soybean industry offering valuable insights to Illinois soybean farmers. This team of six professionals shares their extensive agronomic knowledge through various mediums, including written articles, videos, and audio interviews, available on the Field Notes blog at Additionally, Soy Envoys provide timely reports on crop conditions in their respective regions throughout the growing season. 

Responsibilities involve providing monthly contributions to the ILSoyAdvisor Crop Report and Field Notes blog. ISA will produce a video with each Soy Envoy on an agronomy topic of your choosing. Soy Envoys act as ambassadors for ISA, participating in winter meetings, summer field days, and other relevant opportunities. Upon completion of the program, Soy Envoys will receive a $2,000 stipend for their contributions and efforts. 

Farmers, certified crop advisers, agronomists, and industry professionals are welcome to apply – click here for the application. View alumni of the Soy Envoy program here. 

 The Soy Envoy application opens on December 4th and ends on February 2nd. Kickoff meeting and a communications training will be held at the Illinois Soybean Association Home Office in Bloomington, IL on March 8th. Questions? Contact Stephanie Porter at 

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About the Author: Stephanie Porter

As Outreach Agronomist for the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), Stephanie supports research efforts and helps communicate both in-field and edge-of-field research and validation studies to Illinois 43,000 soybean farmers. She also helps lead the demonstration and adoption of conservation agriculture practices and raises awareness of best management and continuous improvement practices for conservation agriculture in Illinois. Stephanie has 23 years of experience that consists of agronomy, conservation, horticulture, plant diagnostics, and education. She has her bachelor’s in crop science and master’s in plant pathology from the University of Illinois. Stephanie is a Certified Crop Advisor and was named the 2018 Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Master Soybean Advisor. She also has experience with corn and soybean pathology research, crop scouting, soil testing, as well as crop consulting. Previously, she utilized her diagnostic training and collaborated with University of Illinois departmental Extension Specialists to diagnose plant health problems and prepare written responses describing the diagnosis and management recommendations as the University of Illinois Plant Clinic.

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