BLOOMINGTON, ILL – May 5, 2021 – The latest issue of Illinois Field & Bean, titled “Rollin’ Down the River,” provides a comprehensive exploration of the many moving parts that make up Illinois Soybean Association’s Trade Program.

Says John Lumpe, ISA CEO, “Every year, Illinois farmers send more than 60% of their soybeans to export markets, which adds up to approximately 363 million bushels. That means Illinois grown soybeans are playing on a global stage, and serving vital needs in overseas markets like China and Egypt every day. Combine that thriving global demand with Illinois grown soybeans and our world class logistics framework that gets soybeans to market the most efficiently –and you have all of the conditions for true trade success.”

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) has made trade a top priority, always working to nurture relationships within the trade space, while developing new markets and opportunities for soy from Illinois. Hosting trade teams, working with global buyers, and investing in the critical infrastructure required to help move soybeans to customers all support the organization’s strategic plan for growing soybean markets.

“It takes a good product, good service, great relationships and the collaborative energies of all kinds of partners around a table to make trade relationships grow, and work,” says Lumpe. “It’s intricate work at times, but at the end of the day, it’s always rewarding.”

To view the May issue of Illinois Field & Bean, visit:

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development and utilization efforts while the membership program supports the government relations interests of Illinois soybean farmers at the local, state, and national level, through the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG). ISA upholds the interests of Illinois soybean producers through promotion, advocacy, and education with the vision of becoming a market leader in sustainable soybean production and profitability. For more information, visit the website


For more information, contact:

Rachel Peabody
Director of Communications
Illinois Soybean Association
(217) 825-7654

Published On: May 5, 2021Categories: Latest News, Press ReleasesTags:

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