OVERVIEW

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents 43,000 soybean producers in Illinois. The ISA is the umbrella organization where the checkoff and non-checkoff meet to serve the needs of soybean producers in Illinois. The organization works to maximize the profitability of Illinois soybean producers in two separate and distinct ways: The non-checkoff side provides advocacy in Springfield, Illinois, and Washington, D.C., while the soybean checkoff focuses on market development, research, promotion, education and issues analysis.

ISA Values the opportunity to connect with industry leaders and provides our corporate partners networking opportunities in the areas of soybean value chain development, research and legislation. Corporate partnership levels and benefits are determined by contributions to ISA from the previous year. These contributions can come through partnership opportunities such as the Soybean Summit, the Better Bean Series, Illinois Field & Bean advertisments, Soy Partner Pledge, editorial placements on ILSoyAdvisor.com and customizable offerings to ISA.

 

Partnership Program

Corporate Partners

       

 

     

 

     

   

 

   

 

 

 

 

Other Supporters

 

   

 

Sponsorship Levels

EXECUTIVE - $45,000 OR MORE

  • ISA boardroom signage
  • One-page ad in Illinois Field & Bean (two times)
  • Banner ad in weekly e-newsletter (six times)
  • Recognition in newsletter, magazine and on the website
  • Press release

PRINCIPAL - $30,000 TO $44,999

  • ISA boardroom signage
  • One-page ad in Illinois Field & Bean
  • Banner ad in weekly e-newsletter (four times)
  • Recognition in newsletter, magazine and on the website
  • Press release

CORE - $20,000 TO $29,999

  • ISA boardroom signage
  • One-page ad in Illinois Field & Bean
  • Banner ad in weekly e-newsletter (three times)
  • Recognition in newsletter, magazine and on the website
  • Press release

ASSOCIATE - $15,000 TO $19,999

  • ISA boardroom signage
  • 1/2 page ad in Illinois Field & Bean
  • Banner ad in weekly e-newsletter (two times)
  • Recognition in newsletter, magazine and on the website
  • Press release

AFFILIATE - $7,500 TO $14,999

  • ISA boardroom signage
  • 1/3 page ad in Illinois Field & Bean
  • Banner ad in weekly e-newsletter
  • Recognition in newsletter, magazine and on the website
  • Press release

SUPPORT - $2,500 TO $7,499

  • ISA boardroom signage
  • 1/4 page ad in Illinois Field & Bean
  • Recognition in newsletter, magazine and on the website
  • Press release

Achievement of each level can include the sum total of your partnerships with ISA such as Soybean Summit sponsorships, Soy Partner Pledge, paid advertising and other contributions. Photos courtesy of the United Soybean Board and the soybean checkoff.

 

Partnership Opportunities

ISA is excited to provide opportunities for our corporate partners to network in the areas of soybean value chain development, research and legislation. Each of the following partnership opportunities will roll up into the Corporate Partner Program sponsorship level breakdown. There will also be additional opportunities that come up throughout the year. If these opportunities are of interest to your company, please reach out.

IL Field & Bean Magazine

Illinois Field & Bean is published eight times a year on behalf of the ISA, reaching more than 43,000 of Illinois’ most progressive soybean producers and key influencers. Illinois Field & Bean provides a focused editorial package of cutting-edge information on soybean production, farmer profitability, industry issues and leadership. In 2018, a survey of readers revealed that 68 percent of participants find Illinois Field & Bean useful, and 86 percent find it contains relevant information.

An average of three people read each copy of the magazine, more than half of readers have saved an article for  future use, one- third said they visited an advertiser’s website as a result of seeing an ad or article and more than 90 percent agree the magazine makes them think about important issues facing agriculture. Advertising options, in affiliation with the association, provide a cost-effective means of comprehensively reaching Illinois soybean producers. You will find the 2019 editorial calendar below. We are always open to ideas regarding special inserts, advertorials, story ideas, etc. to help share information with our producers, so please reach out if you  are
interested.

Illinois Soybean Summit

This year’s Soybean Summit will focus on marketing in times of tariffs and low commodity prices, while also focusing on the race to gain efficiency through technology and innovation. ISA will host the 2019 Soybean Summit in Springfield, Illinois, on February 5, 2019. Participants will leave with new insights into how to maximize production, effectively market their soybeans and maximize ROI through new technologies that may create efficiencies on their farms. Corporate partners have the opportunity to display their newest tools and technology to participants during the trade show portion of the event. The 2019 Soybean Summit is free to Illinois producers, and we expect more than 300 attendees at this year’s event. A wide range of sponsorships are available, all of which include a vendor table.

Better Bean Series

The 2019 Better Bean Series involves five half-day educational events designed to engage Illinois producers and influencers at a local level. They bring the latest research and advice on soybean management practices to more Illinois  communities through face-to- face interaction  with experts dedicated to helping producers make smarter management decisions to improve their bottom line. Partnership opportunities are available for  this event.

ILSoyAdvisor.com

The ILSoyAdvisor.com website supports Illinois soybean producers in their pursuit of a competitive edge by providing timely, actionable advice. Local management content and recommendations to increase yields and  profitability, while promoting smarter farm management and more sustainable production practices. There are many opportunities for  your organization to partner with ILSoyAdvisor. com whether that be through contributing blog content, recommendations, webinars and more. Please reach out if you are interested.

CCA Soy Envoy Program

ISA believes adopting the best soybean management practices and new technologies gives growers the opportunity to increase their soybean yields. Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) engaging directly with producers can influence their customers and clients to adopt new behaviors and high-yield management strategies, enabling them to discover the profit potential of soybeans. ISA partners with the Illinois CCAs  as part of the CCA Soy  Envoy Program to provide in- season agronomic updates and advice on soybean management practices. For moreinformation on the CCA Soy  Envoy program or to learn how you  can engage with our CCA Soy  Envoys, please reach out to the
ISA Corporate Partner team.

Yield Challenge

ISA continues its Yield Challenge for the 10th straight year in 2019 and the 100-Bushel Challenge for  a seventh year. The Yield Challenge and 100-Bushel Challenge are designed to inspire producers to try new soybean production practices and technologies to advance yields. These competitions provide an opportunity for  corporate sponsors, working through their distribution and retail channels, to promote some of their newest technologies to growers in  Illinois and help recruit participants for  the Yield  Challenge.

Farm Progress Show

The 2019 Farm Progress Show, the nation’s largest outdoor farm show, will be held in  Decatur, Illinois. ISA will have a presence at this  year’s show and sponsorship opportunities are available. The sponsorships will include pre-show promotion and show signage in the ISA tent.

ISA Tech Connect

New in 2019, ISA Tech Connect connects farmers with  knowledge and insights to help them adopt and make profitable use of technologies on their operations. This event incorporates information, demonstrations and hands-on experiences with  innovative solutions from technology providers.

Soy Partner Pledge

With our state and nation’s failing infrastructure, increasing regulatory policies and a need for  a better business environment, more advocacy for  Illinois agriculture is critical. However, the ISA, by federal law, is  not allowed to utilize soybean checkoff dollars for  advocacy efforts. For ISA to continue these critical efforts, we need additional financial commitments. In order to do this, ISA has created the Soy  Partner Pledge to give Illinois  first purchasers the opportunity to influence legislative decisions imperative to your business. We’re asking you  to reinvest the 2 percent credit against the quarterly soybean checkoff into the Soy  Partner Pledge program and put those dollars back to work for  you  and the rest of Illinois agriculture.This means Illinois soybean producers’ dollars go back to work for them to help secure and grow markets for soybean products. Half of what is collected in the state soybean checkoff goes to the national soybean checkoff program so it is important to have as much support as we can in Illinois to continue supporting our producers. If you  are interested in learning more about the benefits of this program or taking the pledge, please let us know.

 



Contact Us for More Information

Jayma Appleby

Interested in getting involved with the Illinois Soybean Association? Jayma Appleby focuses on industry relations, key stakeholder engagements and customer relationship building at ISA as Director of Industry Relations.

 

Maggie Smith

Interested in learning more about the Corporate Partner Program? Maggie focuses on engaging key partners with ISA and facilitating opportunities for Corporate Partners to connect with ISA farmer-members and Illinois soybean farmers.