BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— October 20, 2021 – Do you know an experienced Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) with a passion for soybean management or with exemplary soils consulting expertise? The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is now accepting nominations for the annual Soybean Master Adviser and Dave Rahe Excellence in Soils Consulting awards, presented by the ISA checkoff program.
Any Illinois CCA whose certification is active, is interested and involved in soybean management, and works with farmers can be nominated for the Soybean Master Adviser award. The award is part of ISA’s effort to recognize CCAs for contributions to Illinois soybean production.
“Year after year, ISA is proud to recognize one CCA who goes above and beyond the routine duties of their job,” says Abigail Peterson, ISA Director of Agronomy. “CCAs play a crucial role in helping soybean farmers be more profitable and this award is just one way we can show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication to Illinois agriculture.”
ISA is a committed partner of the Illinois CCA program offering multiple opportunities for CCAs to improve their soybean management skills to be the most knowledgeable CCAs in the U.S. ISA also recruits experts to serve as CCA Soy Envoys each year to contribute local, timely soybean management advice and expert insights to ISA’s agronomic website, ILSoyAdvisor.com.
The Dave Rahe Excellence in Soils Consulting award is an accolade given to one Illinois CCA nominated for their excellence in soils consulting within Illinois soybean production systems, named in honor of former CCA Soy Envoy, Dave Rahe.
Rahe was an ISA CCA Soy Envoy in 2019 and was passionate about soil management, having spent the majority of his career specializing in the field. He passed away suddenly in April 2020, but during his year as a CCA Soy Envoy, Dave authored blogs for ILSoyAdvisor covering topics such as soil compaction, micronutrient management, cover crops, and more.
Award winners will be recognized during ISA’s ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit event in February. To nominate a CCA for the Soybean Master Adviser award, please provide additional information about the nominee by filling out this form. To nominate a CCA for the Dave Rahe Excellence in Soils Consulting award, please fill out this form. Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of ISA board members, Illinois CCA board members, and university professionals. Nominations are open until December 1. Visit ILSoyAdvisor.com to learn more.
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 www.ilsoy.org.
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