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  • Stories from the Field
    ISA secures $713K for Illinois container project
    A big win for Illinois soybean farmers, an 18-month Illinois Container on Barge Shuttle Project will provide shuttle service for customers moving containerized exports like soybeans between southern and northern Illinois, giving access to the Union Pacific and BNSF rail ramps in Joliet. The grant was underwritten through support of ISA with checkoff funded research and execution in writing the proposal.
  • Stories from the Field
    ISA explores Taiwan trade opportunities for Illinois soybeans
    Earlier this year ISA visited Taiwan - the sixth-largest market for U.S. soybean exports - to learn more about trade opportunities in this country. Visiting soy-based food and oil processors and manufacturers, the trade team saw and heard firsthand that demand for containerized genetically engineered (GE) soybeans continues to give Illinois an advantage over competitors.

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Meet our experts. These 24 farmers bring to the table diverse perspectives to guide our future. They are united in ISA's goal of making Illinois soybean farmers the most knowledgeable and profitable producers around the world.

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Illinois is the no. 1 producer of soybeans, harvesting nearly 593 million bushels each year.