Award presented in appreciation of Dr. Schnitkey’s efforts in championing on behalf of Illinois soybean farmers

BLOOMINGTON, ILL., (November 29, 2023) – Dr. Gary Schnitkey, Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, was recently named Friend of Illinois Soybean Farmers by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA). This award recognizes a friend to the organization in any capacity and is presented in appreciation of one’s efforts in championing on behalf of Illinois soybean farmers.

“Dr. Schnitkey analyzes the profitability of major field crops, including soybeans,” said John Lumpe, CEO of the Illinois Soybean Association. “His research makes a difference to Illinois soybean farmers as it informs and encourages them to make long-term changes to boost both yield and profitability. We are thrilled to recognize him as this year’s Friend of Illinois Soybean Farmers.”

At the University of Illinois, Dr. Schnitkey is a Soybean Industry Endowed Professor in Agricultural Strategy and a Gardner Agriculture Policy Fellow. His research informs farmers of the most profitable management practices and aims to educate farmers across the state of Illinois on what rotation practices are most suitable for their areas.

Dr. Schnitkey was recognized at the Illinois Soybean Association’s Impact Awards Banquet on November 28 in Bloomington. To learn more about the Illinois Soybean Association, visit


About the Illinois Soybean Association
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and government relations efforts, while the membership program, Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) and the Illinois Soybean Growers PAC actively advocates for positive and impactful legislation for farmers at local, state and national levels. ISA upholds the interests of Illinois soybean farmers through promotion, advocacy, research and education with the vision of becoming a trusted partner of Illinois soybean farmers to ensure their profitability now and for future generations.

Media Contacts:

Erica Ballmer-Riley

Olivia Key
Illinois Soybean Association

Published On: December 5, 2023Categories: Latest News, Press ReleasesTags: , ,

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