Press Release

Inaugural Illinois Soybean Summit Focuses on Increasing Yields, Profitability

January 19, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- January 20, 2012 -- The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is hosting the first-ever Illinois Soybean Summit, "Reaching Beyond Yield Obstacles," at Illinois State University's Bone Student Center on March 9, 2012. This conference -- funded in part by the Illinois soybean checkoff -- will encourage participants in the soybean production industry to examine and explore various soybean management techniques that can lead to higher yields and greater profitability.

The event kicks off at 7:30 a.m., when soybean growers from across the state will gather with representatives from nearly every major crop input supplier and manufacturer. The agenda is packed with valuable learning and networking opportunities, as well as an on-site trade show. The keynote speakers include:

  • John Baize, president of John C. Baize & Associates, an international agricultural trade and policy consulting firm specializing in the oilseeds sector;
  • Kip Cullers, three-time soybean-yield world champion; and
  • John McGillicuddy, Ph.D., a 30-year veteran agronomist currently with MC Agronomics.

Plus, six breakout sessions -- covering soybean management topics such as variety, soil management and plant nutrition -- will be offered in the afternoon, along with a farmer panel on ways to overcome obstacles to higher yields. All attendees are eligible to win door prizes at the event, including the grand prize drawing of a 27" LCD TV!

"We're excited to give soybean growers, agronomists and agribusinesses a venue for discussing ways to improve cropping strategies and overall profitability," says Ross Prough, soybean farmer from Greenfield, Ill., and ISA director. "It's our hope that the Summit will evolve into one of the Midwest's premier events on soybean production!"

The Illinois Soybean Summit is free to Illinois growers and includes parking within the main Bone Student Center lot. However, attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations; blocks of rooms have been reserved at group rates at the Hampton Inn and The Chateau in Normal, Ill. Registration is limited to the first 350 growers, agronomists, farm managers and crop consultants who sign up by the February 23 deadline. A complete agenda, the registration form and additional details are available online at

Several companies are helping support the Summit through a variety of sponsorships. These organizations include media sponsor Prairie Farmer; speaker sponsor Pioneer and meal sponsors BASF, Monsanto, FHR Farms and Stoller USA. Additional information about sponsorship opportunities and exhibiting at the trade show may be obtained by calling Jim Nelson at (309) 825-7542 or emailing

About the Illinois Soybean Association
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is the statewide organization forIllinoissoybean growers. The farmers on its board administer soybean checkoff funds to support research, promotions and educational programs designed to increase demand forIllinoissoybeans and administer legislation and membership programs. For more information,