Press Release

Spring, Soy and Sustainability Bring Together Farmers and Legislators at Capitol

May 09, 2018


Spring, Soy and Sustainability Bring Together Farmers and Legislators at Capitol

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. – May 9, 2018 – Coffee and soybeans fueled legislators and staff this morning at the Illinois State Capitol. Soybean farmers and leaders from the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program shared soy lattes and talked with decision makers about how soybeans are sustainably grown.

“Spring is an exciting time for farmers because it means we get to plant soybeans that become food, fiber and fuel for use in Illinois and beyond,” says Stan Born, ISA director and farmer from Lovington, Ill. “Illinois soybean farmers care about our land and work hard to protect our natural resources for our families, our neighbors and future generations.”

While enjoying a honey vanilla or lavender soy latte prepared by Free Press Coffee House, Illinois soybean farmers shared with legislators how agriculture advancements help them grow more soybeans using fewer resources:

  • Precise farm equipment technology allows farmers to target exact areas in fields that need nutrients or crop protectants.

  • Only a few ounces of crop protectants are needed per acre.

  • Biotechnology allows farmers to grow more food on fewer acres with less impact on the environment.

  • According to Field to Market’s 2016 National Indicators Report, from 1980 to 2015, soybean farmers improved resource efficiency with decreases in per bushel land use (-40 percent), irrigation water use (-32 percent), energy use (-35 percent), greenhouse gas emissions (-38 percent) and improvements in per acre soil conservation (-47 percent).

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, issues analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C., through the Illinois Soybean Growers. 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




Photo caption: Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) director Stan Born from Lovington talks over soy lattes about sustainable soybean production with state legislators and staff at the Illinois State Capitol, including State Representative Juliana Stratton (D-Chicago). The event was held May 9.

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For more information, contact:
Rachel Peabody
Senior Communications Specialist
Sarah Duwe
Stakeholder Communications Lead
Mike Levin
Director Issues Management Analysis