Award recognizes member of the media who promotes Illinois soybeans through their coverage

BLOOMINGTON, ILL., (November 29, 2023) – Holly Spangler, Senior Editor of Prairie Farmer magazine and an Executive Editor for Farm Progress, received the 2023 Excellence in Media Award from the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA). This award recognizes a member of the media who promotes Illinois soybeans and Illinois agriculture through their coverage in print, broadcast, social and beyond.

“Holly’s dedication to the Illinois agriculture industry makes her an excellent recipient for this award,” said John Lumpe, CEO of the Illinois Soybean Association. “Her writing is not only award-winning but also can be relied upon for providing the latest industry news and updates. She has quite a knack for sharing relevant information in a way that is relatable to farmers. We are thrilled to recognize her with the ISA Excellence in Media Award.”

In addition to her role as senior editor of Prairie Farmer, Spangler currently serves on the Illinois 4-H Foundation Board, the Illinois Council on Agricultural Education, and is an Advisory Board Member for the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Research Station at Monmouth, Illinois. She is also a Past President of the American Agricultural Editors Association.

Spangler 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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