Linda Kull, PhD

Director of Ag Innovations

dr. linda kull

As director of ag innovations for the Illinois Soybean Association, Kull directs team efforts establishing new programs and networks for Illinois agriculture that focus on the soybean value chain, soybean quality and value for customers, farm profitability and business management, new and emerging ag technologies, new uses, and farmer-facing activities and events.   

Prior to joining ISA, Kull was senior research director for the National Soybean Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois where she managed local and national multidisciplinary agricultural research programs. She also taught botany, microbiology, and general biology classes at Eastern Illinois University.

Kull earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in botany and plant physiology from Eastern Illinois University and completed a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in plant pathology and crop sciences. Kull holds certificates for strategic management, communication diplomacy, leadership excellence, and behavioral decision making from DePaul University, AMA, Illinois State University, and Harvard Business School, respectively.  She grew up in southern Illinois and raised three children on a small corn and soybean farm in central Illinois. She and her husband have five children and seven grandchildren and live in the country near Windsor, Illinois.

Focus areas
Emerging technologies evaluation
Soybean new uses
Farm operation business management programs
Soybean composition, quality, and value for leading soybean markets
Soybean outreach and technology transfer
Regional and national research coordination