Despite Rain Delays, Illinois Soybean Leaders Look to Next Year




BLOOMINGTON, ILL. - July 7, 2015 – The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), which includes the farmer-funded Illinois soybean checkoff and the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG), recently passed a new slate of projects for fiscal year 2016.  The new year's projects, which begin Sept. 1, will focus on supply, demand and freedom to operate.


"Weather has had a big impact on all growers this season, so it's important to fund projects that will continue to benefit all farmers in Illinois," says ISA Chairman Bill Raben, a Ridgway, Ill., soybean farmer.  "With the potential of fewer soybeans being harvested this year, managing tighter margins is a key focus of our board when choosing projects to fund."


ISA board members serve on either the ISA Marketing Committee or ISA Production Committee.  Each committee evaluates and ranks projects that have been proposed.  They then meet in person to discuss which projects will be funded.  Board members keep in mind the ultimate goal of making Illinois soybean farmers the most knowledgeable and profitable in the world, while also working to reach utilization of 600 million bushels of soybeans by the year 2020.  Last year, Illinois used 461.58 million bushels of soybeans.


"With weather being unpredictable this year, it is crucial for farmers to make sound decisions on where best to allocate funding for the biggest impacts," says Craig Ratajczyk, ISA CEO.


Projects that will be funded in FY16 include continued focus on animal agriculture, transportation, biodiesel, soybean yield and quality, freedom to operate and legislative affairs.


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. For more information, visit the website



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