Illinois Soybean Association Launches Online Advocacy Tool for Farmers

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. – April 26, 2012 – Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) farmer leaders announce the launch of Voice for Soy, a new online legislative action center. Voice for Soy was created to boost ISA's legislative efforts by activating Illinois farmers into effective advocates. Through Voice... Read more

Checkoff-Funded Research Shows Early Soybean Planting Boosts Yield Potential

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – April 26, 2012 – Each day Illinois farmers delay soybean planting can negatively affect yields, according to the latest University of Illinois research. Funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff and conducted at six sites throughout Illinois, researchers found the highest yields... Read more

Chicago-Area Moms to Moonlight as Soybean Farmers in New Illinois Farm FamiliesΠInitiative

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – April 23, 2012 – Nine urban moms may be Illinois’ most unlikely soybean farmers this year. These Illinois Farm Families® Field Moms, Chicago-area moms who have been touring Illinois farms to get their food questions answered, will be growing soybeans in their backyards and on... Read more

ISA Announces 2011 Yield Challenge Student Team Winners

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. -- April 19, 2012 -- The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) recently announced the high school and college team winners of the soybean checkoff-supported 2011 Yield Challenge. Gallatin County High School's FFA chapter from Junction, Ill., earned first place in the high school... Read more

ISA Supports Grant Applications for Critical Infrastructure Improvements

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – April 19, 2012 – Improving and expanding Illinois transportation infrastructure is critical for the continued growth and long-term competitiveness of the state's soybean farmers. Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) farmer leaders hope two state applications to receive Federal... Read more

Illinois Soybean Farmers to Address Market Access, Sustainability in Europe

BLOOMINGTON, ILL -- April 13 , 2012 -- Maintaining and expanding market access for Illinois soybeans is one of the priorities of the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) and Illinois soybean checkoff. A small group of Illinois soybean farmer leaders and other industry stakeholders will be in Europe,... Read more

Petitions Available for Illinois Soybean Association District Director Elections

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. -- April 13, 2012 -- Petitions are available for growers interested in running for open director positions with the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA). Petitions can be obtained from the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA), local University of Illinois Extension offices and... Read more

Getting to Know Bob Colwell

Bob Colwell has only been on the ISA Board of Directors for about eight months, but he says he has learned a lot about the association and soybean checkoff in that short amount of time. "I still have much more to learn, too," says Colwell, who farms near Franklin Grove. He is the District 1... Read more

ISA Study: COB Shuttle Program is Feasible, Offers Biodiesel Opportunities

BLOOMINGTON, ILL — April 10, 2012 — A recently completed study funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff says that a river container-on-barge (COB) shuttle program is not only feasible, but it also offers Illinois soybean growers biodiesel opportunities and more access to international markets. “With... Read more

NOW is the time to plant?

University of Illinois crop sciences professor Emerson Nafziger says that almost nothing about the spring of 2012 in Illinois has been normal. Rainfall was below average over most of the state, with March temperatures breaking records on a record number of days. According to the Illinois Weather... Read more