May Media Advisory


ISA Media Advisory
May 2017

  • Last call to file petitions for open director positions.  Illinois Soybean Board (ISB) petitions can be obtained from the Illinois Department of Agriculture, local University of Illinois Extension offices and the ISA office.  Petitions must be filed by May 15, 2017.  To be eligible, a candidate must be an Illinois resident and resident grower of the district he or she seeks to represent, of legal voting age and a contributor to the soybean checkoff.  Elections will be held July 6.  Six Illinois districts will hold elections:
    • District 1:      Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago
    • District 5:      Fulton, Knox, Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Tazewell 
    • District 7:      Ford, Iroquois, Vermilion 
    • District 9:      Cass, Logan, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Sangamon 
    • District 12:    Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Pike, Scott 
    • District 13:    Bond, Fayette, Marion, Montgomery 
Primary Contact Person: Amy Roady
  • Sign-up underway for 2017 Yield Challenge.  The ISA checkoff program urges soybean farmers to “find their edge” with the 2017 Yield Challenge.  Participating farmers last year reached yields in the upper-80- to mid-90-bushel per acre range versus the state average 59 bushels per acre.  Farmers can enter the 100-Bushel Challenge, Crop District Contest, Side-by-Side Contest or new Double-Crop Yield Contest. Click here for details.  Primary Contact Person: Mark Ingbritson 
  • Profitability-Plus podcast channel a new resource for farmers.  From agronomics to profitability to conservation and more, soybean farmers now can access podcasts, including Profitability Radio segments, via SoundCloud.  The free, online platform is easy to use with no downloads or installation required.  Listen to podcasts here.  Primary Contact Person: Mark Ingbritson 
Featured Interview Opportunity
  • How much value do soybeans add to the Illinois economy?  The ISA checkoff program recently funded a study to learn how soybeans contribute significantly to the Illinois economy in terms of sales, gross state product, value multiplier and job multiplier.  The study was conducted by Informa Economics.  Primary Contact Person: Laura Temple can assist with questions and interviews with ISA CEO Craig Ratajczyk.
Story Ideas
  • Illinois farmers are filling new barns.  Livestock and poultry barns are local markets for soybean meal.  During the first four months of 2017, Illinois farmers filed 44 Notices of Intent to Construct with the Illinois Department of Agriculture to build or expand barns.  That bodes well for local soybean meal demand.  For example, a 2,400-head pig barn uses about 344 tons of meal per year.  Primary Contact Person: Laura Temple
  • 2017 ISA Soy Envoys share in-season production tips.  The ISA checkoff program again is partnering with the Illinois Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) program to provide local production recommendations throughout the season through the ISA Soy Envoy program.  Envoys will contribute regular content through, with the goal of increasing farmers yields and profits, while minimizing environmental impact. Click for more information.  Primary Contact Person: Mark Ingbritson
  • ISA supports Macoupin watershed project.  The ISA checkoff program has supported local watershed projects in the past, and now also will assist with a new effort led by America’s Farmland Trust in the Macoupin Watershed through direct funding and in-kind education and outreach efforts.  Find out more about how the work enhances farmer profitability.  Primary Contact Person: Mark Ingbritson
  • Site gets farmers up to speed on critical legislative issues.  With a new Secretary of Agriculture in place and the first 100 days of the new administration in the books, farmers can keep an eye on issues like the biodiesel tax credit, transportation and the 2018 farm bill through  The site allows users to monitor issues, connect with legislators and act as needed.  Primary Contact Person: Laura Temple
  • What do you know about Watch Us Grow?  On, Illinois Farm Families tackles the GMO disconnect with consumers.  Information delves into biotechnology to help consumers understand GMOs.  Experts like dietitians address questions and concerns.  Illinois Farm Families are Illinois farmers who support state commodity groups and membership associations.  Primary Contact Person: Laura Temple
Upcoming Events
  • May 22-26      Tropical Swine Production Seminar   Havana, Cuba 
  • July 19   Field Day   Ron Moore Farm, Roseville 
  • July 20   Field Day   SIU Belleville Research Ctr. 

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Illinois Farm Families, Voice for Soy Laura Temple, 847-436-3525,
Animal ag Laura Temple, 847-436-3525,
Farmer yield and profitability, soybean composition, and sustainability Mark Ingbritson, 262-349-2416,
Biodiesel Karen Potratz, 262-470-3709,
Transportation Julie Orchard, 920-623-9622,
ISA general Amy Roady, 309-808-3610, 

Jayne Godfrey, 309-808-3617,