ISA Visits Industry Partners in North Carolina

Goal is to bring new soybean management technologies to the farm

BLOOMINGTON, ILL -- March 25, 2014 -- A group of Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) directors and staff recently met with industry partners in Research Triangle Park, N.C., with the goal of delivering on a commitment to help farmers discover new tools and technologies to improve soybean yields and profits.  The team met with key marketing and research staff from Bayer CropScience, Syngenta and BASF Corporation to review the latest soybean management advances and discuss opportunities for increased collaboration.

"With ISA's goal to utilize 600 million bushels of Illinois soybeans annually by 2020, we are committed to working with industry partners to explore new ways to bring emerging technologies to Illinois farms," says Don Guinnip, soybean farmer from Marshall, Ill., and ISA Production Committee chair.

The trip included in-depth discussions along with tours of manufacturer facilities such as greenhouses where basic research activities are underway.

"These outreach efforts are critical to our future success as soybean farmers," says Guinnip.  "Companies invest significantly in research and development of new solutions that help us stay competitive.  It is important we help spread the word about advances in soybean production, while also helping our suppliers understand the needs of Illinois soybean farmers."

Guinnip adds that many of the tools and technologies will be featured on ISA's new blog throughout the season.  Farmers are encouraged to check the site regularly for the latest news and information related to enhanced soybean production techniques.

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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Photo Cutline:  A team of 14 ISA directors and staff recently met with Bayer CropScience, Syngenta and BASF Corporation representatives to review the latest soybean management advances and discuss opportunities for enhanced collaboration.