BLOOMINGTON, IL – March 8, 2021 — Soybean farmers across Illinois all have unique stories and experiences – and we want to celebrate the farm families that contribute to Illinois being the #1 soybean state in the country. The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is excited to launch a new video docuseries called “ILSoyStories” to celebrate soybean growers across the state.

Four soybean farmers and their families are featured in the docuseries and share their own, unique farming experiences with viewers. The videos feature the Frieders from Waterman, Ill., the Emericks from Vandalia, Ill., the Gaffners from Greenville, Ill., and the Willards from Griggsville, Ill.

In addition to the docuseries, ISA is celebrating soybean farmers through content on ISA’s social channels using the hashtag #EveryFarmerHasAStory. ISA is also featuring a soybean farmer through the recurring ‘Every Farmer has a Story’ section in each issue of the Illinois Field & Bean publication.

“The ILSoyStories campaign is a special project that introduces Illinois farmers to four really special soybean producing families. Each family has a unique story to tell, and a great perspective on how they got to where they are today,” said Doug Schroeder, ISA Chairman. “ISA is honored to work on behalf of the 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois, and it’s a privilege to tell their stories.”

The docuseries videos can be viewed on ISA’s YouTube channel. We’d love to hear about your farm family, too. If you have a unique farming story you would like to share, send us an email 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


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Claire Weinzierl

Published On: March 8, 2021Categories: Latest News, Press ReleasesTags:

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