Press Release

ISA, Illinois CCAs Partner to Launch Soy CCA Envoys

April 23, 2015

ISA, Illinois CCAs Partner to Launch Soy CCA Envoys

Soybean Experts Collaborate to Boost Farmer Knowledge


BLOOMINGTON, ILL—April 23, 2015—To improve Illinois soybean production and profitability, the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) has partnered with the Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Program to launch the Soy CCA Envoys.


The Soy CCA Envoys are a network of nine Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) in Illinois who will share management information and recommendations on  These CCAs work directly with producers and, through partnering with ISA, will share high-yield management strategies and technologies to help growers discover the true profit potential of soybeans.


"CCAs are on the front line in agriculture, sharing information with growers around the state and staying on top of industry trends through their certification," explains Lisa Martin, program coordinator of the Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Program.


"Through the Soy CCA Envoys, Illinois CCAs will share their knowledge with growers to help them do the best job they can, ultimately strengthening production in Illinois," she says.


This partnership is especially important as the industry evolves.  "We work in an ever-changing environment," says Tom Kelley, chairman of the Illinois CCA Program.  "It can be challenging to keep up with the latest technology, trends and management practices.  The Soy Envoys will share news with growers, helping them stay on the leading edge of soybean production."


Inaugural Soy Envoy Team

The nine inaugural Soy CCA Envoys met March 24 to plan the program's future and to concept the year's activities.  These Illinois-based CCAs represent the nine crop reporting districts: 

  • Lynda Anderson, Bayer CropScience
  • Jeff Keifer, Elburn Coop
  • Lance Tarochione, Monsanto
  • Wade Meteer, Syngenta
  • Bill Orr, Pioneer
  • Carl Masters, Brandt Consolidated
  • Randy Stephens, Helena Chemical Company
  • John Niemeyer, Agrium
  • Mike Wilson, Wabash Valley FS


According to Linda Kull, Ph.D., ISA director of strategic research programs, Soy CCA Envoys will use to share locally focused information throughout the growing season.


"Illinois is unique because it's a long state, and it has many different environments.  The Soy CCA Envoys will be a great asset to Illinois farmers because they can find updates on disease pressure, weed recommendations and other timely advice tailored to their area," says Kull.  "They even can direct questions to their local Soy CCA Envoy for personalized advice."


The Soy CCA Envoys program is funded in part by the Illinois soybean checkoff and is included in ISA's efforts with CCAs to continually improve soybean production in Illinois.  For more information on the Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Program, visit  For more information on the Soy CCA Envoys, visit


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


Mark Ingbritson




Photo cutline: The Soy CCA Envoys are a network of nine Certified Crop Advisers, representing Illinois' nine crop reporting districts.