Press Release

Illinois Commodity Conference Encourages Producers to Work Together

October 10, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – October 11, 2012 – The 2012 Illinois Commodity Conference will take place Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the DoubleTree Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington, Ill.  The annual one-day event brings together crop growers and livestock producers from all over the state to discuss the triumphs and challenges the agricultural industry faces.

"Working Together Everyone Achieves More," is the theme for the conference, which starts at 10 a.m. A full day of speakers can help attendees regroup and recharge, and include:

  • "Marketing Plans for a Difficult Year"
    Jody Lawrence, Strategic Trading Advisors
  • "Why a Growing Livestock Industry is Important to Illinois"
    Nic Anderson, Illinois Livestock Development Group
  • "KIC 2025: Embrace Good Stewardship and Water Quality Practices"
    Jean Payne, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association
    Dan Schaefer, Illinois Council on Best Management Practices
  • "Telling the Story of Illinois Agriculture"
    Kevin Daugherty, Ag in the Classroom
  • "Watch Us Grow: Mom Tested. Mom Approved."
    Mike and Lynn Martz, Watch Us Grow
  • "The True Value of Working Together"
    Coach Herman Boone, inspiration behind Remember the Titans

Participants should register with their respective commodity groups.  Before Nov. 8, registration is $45.  After Nov. 8, the fee is $60.  Students can register for $20.  For more information, visit  The conference is sponsored by the Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Milk Producers Association, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Illinois Soybean Association and Illinois Wheat Association.

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents more than 45,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state soybean checkoff and membership efforts.  The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, issues management and analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C.  ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace.  For more information, visit the website


For more information, contact:
Amy Roady