Linda Kull, PhD

Director of Ag Innovations

Linda kullAs director of ag innovations for the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), Kull directs efforts establishing new working relationships and networks with agricultural and non-ag public and private organizations, value chain sectors, and venture capital firms interested in soybeans, soybean quality and value, the soybean market, and new and emerging technologies relevant to farm enterprise profitability.

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

She 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 a certificate for strategic management from DePaul University, certificate for communication diplomacy from AMA, and certificate for leadership excellence from Illinois State University. She grew up in southern Illinois and raised three children on a small corn and soybean farm in central Illinois. She and her husband live in the country and have seven grandchildren who love to visit, cook, work on crafts and go fishing and hiking.     

Focus areas
Crop adviser engagement
Emerging technologies evaluation
Farmer profitability programs
Regional and national research coordination
Soybean composition and HY+Q program
Soybean production outreach and technology transfer