Cover crops improve soil health and clean water, but do you ever wonder what they do for the bottom line? While many scientific studies have been done to quantify environmental benefits of cover crops, the same research does not exist regarding the economic benefits. With funding from USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa State University are trying to fill the gap. If you have used cover crops please take the online survey to quantify the economic return of your cover crops investment by Feb. 15.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and government relations efforts, while the membership program, Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) and the Illinois Soybean Growers PAC actively advocates for positive and impactful legislation for farmers at local, state and national levels. ISA upholds the interests of Illinois soybean farmers through promotion, advocacy, research and education with the vision of becoming a trusted partner of Illinois soybean farmers to ensure their profitability now and for future generations.