Press Release

Soybean College Offers Farmers Practical, Hands-on Training

June 18, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, ILL – June 19, 2013 – Farmers seeking new opportunities to gain soybean production knowledge and management skills that can be applied in their own farming operations are invited to attend Farm Journal's 2013 Soybean College, sponsored by the Illinois soybean checkoff and Illinois Soybean Association (ISA).  The one-day event will be held near Heyworth, Ill., July 24, 2013.

Registration begins at 7 a.m., followed by opening remarks at 7:30 a.m. and the first general session at 7:45 a.m.  The entire agenda is built around topics that matter to soybean farmer profitability.  Two of the four breakout sessions will be held in actual test plots, addressing issues such as in-field growth stages and weed resistance.  Among the featured presenters are:

  • Farm Journal Agronomist Ken Ferrie
  • University of Illinois agronomist Fred Below
  • Southern Illinois University at Carbondale weed scientist Bryan Young

"We are committed to the future of soybean farming — which means educating growers on how they can advance production skills, increase yields and improve profitability," says Rowen Ziegler, soybean farmer from LaHarpe, Ill., and ISA Production Committee chair.  "We are proud to bring this valuable experience to Illinois farmers."

Registration for Soybean College is $100, and includes lunch and a steak dinner.  However, attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations.  Farmers are encouraged to act quickly, as space is limited to the first 200 who sign up.  The complete agenda, access to the registration form and additional details are available online at

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, ISA

Bruce Helling