Soy Envoys are a bridge to the 43,000 soybean farmers with the united goal of increasing soybean yield and profits while minimizing environmental impact. Apply today to be an ILSoyAdvisor Soy Envoy!

From March to October, Soy Envoys contribute actionable information, advice, and in-season agronomy updates via the blog.  These individuals will support Illinois soybean farmers in their goals of increasing yields and profits while minimizing environmental impact.

Duties include writing at least one blog post a month, participating in videos, and sharing actionable soybean insight on social media. New in 2023 – Soy Envoys will receive a $2,000 stipend for their participation and efforts.


  • Networking with other experts
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)
  • Enhancing verbal and written communications skills
  • Growing your online agronomic presence

The Soy Envoy application closes on February 3rd. Kickoff meeting will be held at the Illinois Soybean Association Home Office in Bloomington, IL on March 2nd. 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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