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Illinois Soybean Farmers Protect Environment and Bottom Line, While Easing Global Food Problems (4-19-2013)With nearly every industry touting “sustainability” today, the definition often gets hazy. But sustainability has been clear to Illinois soybean farmers for decades. For them, sustainability means taking care of the land, their customers and the bottom line today, while making sure the needs of future customers will also be met. A recent study from the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) funded by soybean farmer checkoff dollars shows farmers are on the right track with sustainability improvements.
Illinois Soybean Farmer Successes Hailed at Ag Issues Forum (2-28-2013)Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) CEO Craig Ratajczyk joined national thought leaders at this week's eighth annual Ag Issues Forum, highlighting the state's on-farm environmental efficiency gains and portraying Illinois soybean farms as sustainability benchmarks. The forum was sponsored by Bayer CropScience.
ISA Encourages Farmers to Complete Soybean Sustainability Survey (1-31-2013)Measurement to Help Document Sustainability Successes
Two National Sustainable Soybean Initiative (NSSI) surveys may prove the environmental, economic and social successes of soybean production and ultimately help protect market access for farmers.
Sustainability Leaders Address Evolving Soybean Marketplace at ISA Symposium (7-25-2012)National sustainability leaders expressed the need for continuous improvement and sharing soybean farmers’ sustainability stories. This is needed for Illinois soybean farmers to remain competitive in a changing global marketplace during an Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) event today in Chicago.
Sustainability Forum to Connect Farm-level Decisions with Global Market Demands (6-7-2012)Soybean farmers and other agriculture stakeholders interested in global perspectives on sustainability are encouraged to attend the first-ever soybean sustainability symposium and panel discussion to be held at the Union League Club in Chicago on July 24.
STAARS Study Tracks Benefits of Sustainable Soybean Production (4-30-2012)The second year of a scientifically valid research study designed to evaluate and quantify the benefits of sustainable agriculture is underway with 85 Illinois soybean growers. The study is funded, in part, by the Illinois soybean checkoff.
Illinois Soybean Farmers to Address Market Access, Sustainability in Europe (4-13-2012)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, April 23-26, to address critical market access and sustainability issues to keep market pathways open to Illinois soybean and soy product sales.
Illinois Soybean Farmers Partner with Industry to Promote Proper Nutrient Management (2-28-2012)The Illinois agriculture industry continues to experience regulatory pressure to reduce on-farm input use. Illinois soybean farmers, with funding from the soybean checkoff, are helping promote smart nutrient management decisions this spring, and showcasing the practices farmers use to maintain and even enhance land and water quality.
Illinois Soybean Association Establishing Global Recognition of State's Sustainability Efforts (1-17-2012)As sustainability requirements emerge at home and abroad, the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is monitoring potential sustainability certifications or standards, and planning to educate producers on why sustainability is gaining importance for Illinois farms.
ISA Joins Field to Market, The Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (1-5-2012)The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) announces it has joined the steering committee of Field to Market, the Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture.
It’s that time of year again! ISA invites soybean growers from across Illinois to take part in the 2013 Yield Challenge. The Challenge – which provides growers with a platform to test innovative crop management strategies and technologies that could help boost yields.
We are proud to celebrate 100 years of Illinois soybean production and 50 years of the association serving Illinois soybean farmers. Please share your stories and photos with us. Content will be used in Illinois Field & Bean magazine, the ISA website and other communication channels.
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The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents more than 45,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state soybean checkoff and membership efforts. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, issues management and analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace.