September 15, 2022  

ISA Releases Carbon and Data Guidebook

Farmers now have access to a new, go-to resource housing good data management practices thanks to a project funded by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program. The Carbon & Data Guidebook, which can be accessed on, covers the basics of emerging carbon and ecosystem programs, their farm data needs, and how farmers can better position their farm operations for any program or precision ag initiative. 

Welcome Connie Copley, Guest Services Manager

ISA has named Connie Copley of LeRoy, Illinois as Guest Services Manager. In this role Copley will be working on behalf of Illinois soybean farmers by serving as a point of contact and link between employees, internal departments, and external parties, including vendors, contractors, and board members. Welcome, Connie!  


Upcoming PCM Field Day

Precision Conservation Management (PCM) and the Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) are hosting a Northern Illinois Agronomy and Soil Health Field Day on September 22.  Agronomy experts will discuss cover crop species and management, provide PCM, crop and disease updates, cover soybean management, and review regional cost-share opportunities. 



SoyInnovator: “5 Factors Influencing Crop Yields”

Soils found across Illinois differ based on various environmental factors that influence their characteristics – many of which we can’t control. The latest feature from SoyInnovator explores the different types of soil in Illinois and what an ideal soil looks like for maximum crop yields. 


Pepsi SWOF Event 

ISA staff and board members heard from PepsiCo’s CEO Ramon Laguarta and senior leadership team at a Soil and Water Outcomes Fund dinner on Thursday, September 8.  The event was hosted on ISA board member Jeff O’Connor’s farm in Kankakee, Ill. Around 25 farmers joined in the conversation about carbon reduction efforts in agriculture, and learned more about PepsiCo’s role in buying credits.  
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