What is the Illinois Soybean Association?
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is a statewide organization that strives to enable Illinois soybean producers to be the most knowledgeable and profitable soybean producers around the world. ISA represents more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through two primary roles; the state soybean checkoff and legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts:
- The Illinois Soybean Board, through the soybean checkoff, funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, issues management and analysis, communications and education.
- Illinois Soybean Growers manages membership and advocacy efforts that support Illinois soybean grower interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C.
How does the soybean checkoff work?
To help fund research and promotion efforts, Illinois soybean farmers contribute a portion of their sale proceeds to the checkoff program. Currently, farmers invest 0.5 percent of the net market price for each bushel they sell. Half of these collected funds are retained and administered by the United Soybean Board (USB). The other half is distributed to Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSBs), like ISB to be managed by a board of directors.
To learn about the programs funded by the USB portion, please visit the organization's website, unitedsoybean.org.
Who governs the funds administered by ISA?
The ISA Board of Directors consists of 24 volunteer farmers who govern the organization's use of checkoff and non-checkoff funds. Eighteen District Directors, representing specific regional areas, and six At-Large Directors, representing the state as a whole, are elected on a state-wide basis.
What is the history of ISA?
Since the mid-1960s, ISA has served the needs of soybean farmers across Illinois. Today, we value our long history, knowing that we help improve profitability for all Illinois farmers.
Does ISA align with national soybean organizations?
ISA works with three national soybean organizations to meet demand, develop new uses for soy products, expand export markets and develop national policy. All of our state-level efforts are coordinated and executed with these groups and their objectives in mind.