The Illinois Soybean Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, along with the rich history of the past 100 years of soybean production in Illinois. We are embracing the past -- our legacy of leadership, market development and soybean production in Illinois. And we're envisioning the future -- our goal of using 600 million bushels of Illinois soybeans by 2020. These memories from farmers highlight the past and look to a promising future.
U.S. farmers are working hard to improve productivity, and the global population is working hard to increase demand. Meanwhile, the U.S. transportation infrastructure is crumbling, raising real concern about how to get the additional bushels from point A to point B.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is acutely aware of these issues and believes it is time to find system-wide solutions. ISA has invested considerable checkoff funding to identify ways to fix barriers in the current infrastructure and opportunities to reach additional markets via new avenues.
The videos in this playlist summarize the checkoff-funded research, and how ISA is implementing strategies and developing solutions based on the findings.
The Illinois Soybean Association hosted Farm Journal's Soybean College at the Corn College Campus in Heyworth, Ill., on July 25, 2012. Funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff, Soybean College is designed to equip growers with production knowledge and management skills they can apply in their own farming operations.
The eight industry experts who spoke at the Illinois Soybean Association's first-ever Sustainability Symposium on July 24, 2012 recap their presentations. Topics include sustainable business and farming practices, consumer perceptions, and how to be sustainable while increasing productivity and profitability.