Monday, November 7, 2022 – Bloomington, IL – The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program is thrilled to sponsor The Fighting Illini in their fall and winter sports line up. On Saturday, November 12, ISA will be hosting a “Good to be Soy” tailgate within the Grange Grove quadrant, just next to Memorial stadium, before kickoff between the Fighting Illini vs. the Purdue Boilermakers.

“Our message to the Fighting Illini nation is that from food to fuel, Illinois soybean farmers are committed to growing our domestic resources, supporting global food security, and meeting challenges with homegrown solutions,” said ISA District Six Director, Jim Martin.

By sharing the “Good to be Soy” story, Illini fans will have a better understanding of:

Biodiesel – Illinois soybean farmers are growing sustainable, domestic fuels right here in Illinois fields. Biodiesel is made using Illinois soybeans, which makes it a renewable energy solution that we’re producing here at home.

The Power of Soy Protein – Soy protein is the only plant-based protein carrying FDA’s heart health claim confirming it may reduce the risk of heart disease. It’s deliciously versatile as an ingredient, and best of all, it’s sustainably grown by local Illinois farmers using innovative conservation practices.

Sustainability – Illinois soybean farmers are the caretakers of our natural resources, including soil and water, and work to make agricultural production sustainable, clean, and green.

Economic Impact – Illinois produces more soybeans than any other state in the U.S. The 43,000 Illinois soybean farmers who deliver high-quality products year after year are driving the economy, growing new market opportunities around the world, raising the bar for conservation and innovation, and bringing dollars back to Illinois.

“While ISA is rooting for The Fighting Illini, we know that Illinois soybean farmers are Illinois’ true homefield advantage,” said Martin

Later in the winter athletic season, ISA will be sponsoring the Fighting Illini vs. Northwestern basketball game on Thursday, February 23, 2023. More details will be available at

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 and


Published On: November 7, 2022Categories: Latest News, Press ReleasesTags:

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