Press Release

Emerging Leaders Sought for Soy Ambassador Program

June 08, 2016

Emerging Leaders Sought for Soy Ambassador Program


Potential soybean leaders are encouraged to apply this summer for the next class of the Illinois Soybean Association's Soy Ambassador Leadership Program.


The Soy Ambassador Leadership Program, sponsored by the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff and membership programs, gives participants opportunities to gain leadership expertise, industry exposure and a global perspective.  Ambassadors will develop skills and qualities crucial for future leadership roles in the soybean and agriculture industry.  Many past Soy Ambassadors have been elected to state and national leadership positions.


"The Soy Ambassador Program gave me a much better understanding of how our checkoff dollars are being spent," says Elliott Uphoff, Soy Ambassador from 2015 who lives in Shelbyville, Ill.  "I was able to see firsthand what the association does and is capable of doing through the financial support of my money as a farmer.  I would encourage any farmer who is interested in the checkoff to take this opportunity and get an inside look.”


Jenny Mennenga, state soybean leader from LeRoy, Ill., shares, "I was a part of the Soy Ambassador Class in 2013 and am now a board member for ISA. Being a Soy Ambassador opened up my eyes to the impact I could have on the soybean industry by serving in a leadership role. It is a great opportunity for someone who is looking for professional experience in the agriculture industry." 


During a two-year time period, Soy Ambassadors will discover the opportunities and challenges facing the soybean industry through participation at key soybean events such as American Soybean Association meetings and Capitol Hill visits, United Soybean Board meetings, the National Biodiesel Conference and the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council Annual Meeting.


Other opportunities for Soy Ambassadors include:


  • Traveling internationally. Past participants have been to Asia and Central America to promote soy from Illinois and to see first-hand how ISA invests checkoff dollars in projects that affect Illinois soybean farmers.


  • Working nationally with legislators to promote agriculture priorities and discuss key issues. Each class attends Capitol Hill visits in Washington, D.C. with Illinois Soybean Growers staff and board members.


  • Helping within the state to attend events and speak on ISA’s behalf.  Opportunities may include trade shows, educational events or trade team visits.


  • Getting to work closely with ISA staff and board and getting to expand your network.


 To apply for one of 10 Soy Ambassador positions, visit our website and apply online before Aug. 1, 2016. Applicants must reside in Illinois and have a vested interest in the soybean production industry.  


For more information contact:


Dustin Scott