For today. For tomorrow. For everyone.

Illinois soybean farmers and their partners share an important mission: Get Illinois soybeans to customers in the most sustainable way possible. Together with soybean buyers, livestock producers, food processors and others, Illinois farmers work to achieve a sustainable supply system that meets today’s needs as well as those of future generations.

Here’s how we define sustainable agriculture:

  1. Increasing productivity to meet future supply chain needs with less environmental impact
  2. Improving access to safe food and feed and producing renewable fuel 
  3. Improving the social and economic well-being of farmers and the global community

Three Key Pillars

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program promotes sustainability goals that are important within the supply chain. We focus on these pillars: 

Social

How can we improve the social and economic well-being of farmers, consumers and the global community?

Environmental

How can we work to decrease environmental impacts to water and air quality, including the production of renewable fuels?

Economic

How can we increase productivity and ensure an affordable, quality supply in ways that meet both current and future needs for farmers and our customers?

Farmers and Sustainability

Read about Illinois Soybean Association sustainability initiatives and how Illinois soybean farmers lead the way on social, environmental and economic sustainability.

Field to Market: Fieldprint Calculator & Sustainability Research

Field To Market is a diverse alliance working to create opportunities across the agricultural supply chain for continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality, and human well-being.

Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy

The Illinois Statewide Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) is designed to improve Illinois water quality and the quality of water leaving the state. We strongly support the use of voluntary, incentive-based programs focused on the implementation of best management practices (BMPs) to address nutrient losses from Illinois farm fields.

Protecting the Future of Food: The Scoop on Raising Sustainable Soybeans

Sustainability looks different on every farm. Soybean farmers use a variety of practices to conserve and improve water and soil quality and to increase plant diversity. Read more about sustainability successes and get facts and figures related to sustainability efforts in this brochure from the United Soybean Board.

Showcase Farmers

Learn how Illinois farmers are successfully implementing best management practices (BMPs) to reduce nutrient loss from their farm fields and help improve water quality. 

SoyTalk Research Shows Consumers Value Farmer Sustainability Efforts

See an overview of the results from ISA’s recent consumer attitudes survey here.

Review in-depth research results here.

A Conservation Story Map

The goal of Illinois' Conservation Story Map is to show how farmers in Illinois work to keep nutrients in the field for their crops, and not lose them to our streams and waterways. It will help Illinois farmers – and the government agencies and conservation organizations that work with them – to share the best management practices they use on extremely diverse conditions across Illinois. Farmers can zoom in to their area and learn about practices their neighbors are using that might also work for them. Available programs and cost-share opportunities will appear by watershed, with links to external sites for more information.