Research Agronomist

Jennifer Jones is the Research Agronomist for the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA). She works on behalf of Illinois soybean farmers in the development and the implementation of conservation agricultural research and outreach programs. She supports research efforts and helps communicate both in-field and edge-of-field research and validation studies to ISA’s farmer audiences, leads demonstration of conservation agriculture practices, and raises awareness of best management and continuous improvement practices for conservation agriculture in Illinois.

Jones earned a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a minor in Crop and Soil Management, and a Master of Science degree in Agronomy from Purdue University. She is a Certified Crop Adviser with the 4R Nutrient Management Specialty certification. Prior to joining ISA, she worked as a Watershed Outreach Associate for University of Illinois Extension where she focused her efforts in two phosphorus priority watersheds as listed in the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. While there, Jones developed working relationships with local partners within the watershed, such as farmers, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Illinois Farm Bureau to motivate and educate farmers and landowners to voluntarily adopt conservation practices to improve water quality and soil health.

Jones lives in Effingham with her husband, Tanner, and their two dogs. They enjoy traveling, experiencing new foods, and spending time outdoors with friends and family. 

Focus Areas:
Soil Health
Water Quality
Research, Education & Outreach
Farmer Programing