Be a Leader

Are you interested in learning more about the Illinois soybean industry and serving as a leader?  ISA encourages soybean farmers from all parts of the state, from all sizes of farms, and from all walks of life to get involved. Read more about one ISA director's experience. Click here for more information about serving on a checkoff board.

Illinois Soybean Association Board Member

For more information, contact ISA Staff.

To get a current board member’s perspective on why she values serving on the board, please see this article.

American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leader Program

ISA encourages Illinois soybean farmers to apply for the American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leader program. The two-phase educational program is for actively farming individuals and couples who are passionate about the future possibilities of agriculture. Phase I of the program takes place in Johnson, Iowa, Dec. 1-4. The program continues March 2-6, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show. Participants must attend both events. The agenda focuses on leadership and communication, the latest agricultural information and the development of a strong peer network. Applications are accepted online through the end of September.

Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation

The IALF is a non-profit (501 c 3) educational corporation under Illinois law. The funds raised provide for the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program (IALP), a two-year, seminar-based cutting edge curriculum in the areas of business, economics, communication and leadership skill development. Click here for more information about the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation.

Soy Ambassadors

The Soy Ambassador Leadership Program, sponsored by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs, gives participants opportunites to gain leadership, expertise, industry exposure and a global perspective.  Ambassadors develop skills and qualities that are crucial for future leadership roles in the soybean and agriculture industry. Click here for more information about the Soy Ambassador Program.