Funded by the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program.
Master Adviser Award
ISA created the CCA Soybean Master Adviser award in 2016 as part of its mission to help Illinois soybean farmers be the most knowledgeable and profitable soybean producers in the world. The award acknowledges the significant role Illinois Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) play in improving soybean production by offering insight and advice on practices to improve yield and profitability. Any Illinois CCA whose certification is active, is interested and involved in soybean management, and works with farmers can be nominated for the Soybean Master Adviser award.
Nominations for the 2024 CCA Soybean Master Adviser Award will be open in Fall 2023.
John Pike lives in Marion, IL and operates Pike Ag, LLC, providing agronomic consulting and contract research services for the agriculture industry. He is the Southern IL Coordinator for the Nutrient Research Education Council (NREC) nitrogen management research conducted by the IL Fertilizer and Chemical Association and also involved in various cover crop research projects and educational efforts. He was formerly Crop Sciences Superintendent and Research Agronomist for the University of Illinois at the Dixon Springs Ag Center until crop sciences research was terminated at 4 locations across the state in April 2016. Pike has continued to collaborate with staff at U of I, Southern IL University and University of Kentucky to maintain research capacity in So. Illinois related to nutrient management and water quality along with other industry research and product testing related to corn, soybean and wheat production. He was a U of I Extension Educator from 2001 to 2012 concentrating on aspects of value–added agriculture and specialty crop marketing. He has also worked as a program specialist at Southern IL University, served as agronomy instructor at Lake Land College in Mattoon, IL and worked as Certified Crop Specialist/CCA for FS/GROWMARK IL member companies in Piatt and Christian Co.
Dave Rahe Excellence in Soils Consulting Award
The Dave Rahe Excellence in Soils Consulting award is an accolade given to one Illinois CCA nominated for their excellence in soils consulting within Illinois soybean production systems, named in honor of former CCA Soy Envoy, Dave Rahe.
Rahe was an ISA CCA Soy Envoy in 2019 and was passionate about soil management, having spent the majority of his career specializing in the field. He passed away suddenly in April 2020, but during his year as a CCA Soy Envoy, Dave authored blogs for ILSoyAdvisor covering topics such as soil compaction, micronutrient management, cover crops, and more.
Nominations for the 2024 Dave Rahe Excellence in Soils Consulting Award will open in Fall 2023.
Janette Porter of White Heath, IL grew up on a family farm in Pike County, IL. She graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a bachelor’s degree in plant and soil sciences in 2010. Janette began working as an agricultural consultant in 2011. David Rahe and Janette formed RPM Soils in February 2016 where they shared management of the company until Dave’s sudden passing in April of 2020. She has also been employed part-time with Bradshaw Custom Pumping since 2010. There she is involved with GPS coordinating and sending out as-applied maps and nutrient analysis to clients for their manure applications. She is a Certified Crop Adviser and a member of the Illinois Soil Classifiers Association where she assists in classifying soils for possible septic sites. Janette says that Dave was a great mentor and friend and they spent many hours riding in his truck or sitting alongside a picnic table discussing soils, crops, and mostly life. She enjoys continuing on in his honor to help farmers manage their soil and make informed decisions. Janette lives in White Heath, IL with her husband Matt and four year old daughter Brynnlee.