Press Release

ISA Celebrates 50 Years with Illinois Soybean Day Proclamation

August 04, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, ILL., August 4, 2014 – The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) last week celebrated its 50th anniversary, along with 100 years of Illinois soybean production, during a reception held at the University of Illinois.  As part of the program, Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Bob Flider acknowledged the success of Illinois soybean farmers.  He read a proclamation from Governor Pat Quinn naming July 31, 2014, as Illinois Soybean Day. 

Don Guinnip, soybean farmer from Marshall, Ill., and chair of the ISA Anniversary Committee, emceed the program, which included congratulatory remarks from several other industry representatives.  Bob Hauser, University of Illinois College of ACES dean; Ray Gaesser, American Soybean Association (ASA) president; John Becherer, United Soybean Board CEO; David Erickson, Illinois Farm Bureau vice president; Parry Dixon, ADM; and ISA CEO Craig Ratajczyk highlighted decades of Illinois' soybean production and market development. 

Comments from ISA Chairman Bill Raben, a soybean farmer from Ridgway, Ill., and a special 50th anniversary video concluded the event.  More than 200 past leaders, association members and guests attended the event, which was held in conjunction with ISA's annual meeting.

ISA (formerly known as the Land of Lincoln Soybean Association) was created in 1964 by a group of Champaign County farmers led by Lyle Grace and researchers to provide representation for soybean growers.  During activities throughout the last year, ISA has embraced the past – its legacy of leadership, market development and soybean production in Illinois -- and envisioned the future – a goal of using 600 million bushels of Illinois soybeans by 2020.  

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




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Photo Cutline: Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Bob Flider (left) presents to Illinois Soybean Association Chairman Bill Raben (right) a proclamation from Governor Pat Quinn naming July 31, 2014, as Illinois Soybean Day.  ISA celebrated its 50th anniversary that day on the University of Illinois campus.  Photo by Barb Baylor Anderson