Representing SOYBEANS' BEST

The Illinois Soybean Association – funded jointly by checkoff and membership dollars – helps more than 43,000 Illinois soybean farmers be knowledgeable, sustainable and successful.

Using Resources Responsibly

Like all products, farmers must strictly adhere to all label guidelines as part of proper stewardship of new on-farm products. This includes dicamba-based herbicides. For growers wanting to learn more about specific dicamba requirements or sign up for training sessions, visit our Dicamba Resources page.

Yield Challenge Advances Crop Potential

For seven years, the ISA checkoff program’s annual Yield Challenge competition offers farmers a chance to increase their crop potential in four ways: the 100-Bushel Challenge, the Crop District Shootout, Double-Crop Challenge and the Side-by-Side Sponsor Plots. See who took the top spots in 2017.

Importance of Global Soybean Trade

Illinois is consistently one of the top-producing soybean states. We grow more than 600 million bushels of soybeans and export nearly 60 percent of our harvest. Illinois soybeans help feed and fuel regions like Mexico, China, Taiwan and the Philippines. Learn more about the importance of Illinois soybeans to global markets.

What’s a soybean? How is it used? Get the facts, stories and information on all things soybeans.
Best management practices, market updates, livestock expansion. No matter your background or need, ISA is your go-to resource on Illinois-grown soybeans.
Whether it’s transportation, biodiesel, soybean buying or corporate partnerships, explore the different ways soybeans impact local, national and global industries.
Learn about the challenges and opportunities facing an industry that feeds and fuels our state.
  • CONNECTING INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY
    Illinois leads the nation in production of soybeans, an important protein source for animals and humans around the world. ISA believes that by working together, we can solve our greatest challenges and create the future we want. We're committed to leading collaborative efforts that bring innovative solutions that improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of our farmers, our communities and our world.
  • ISA secures $713K for Illinois container project
    A big win for Illinois soybean farmers, an 18-month Illinois Container on Barge Shuttle Project will provide shuttle service for customers moving containerized exports like soybeans between southern and northern Illinois, giving access to the Union Pacific and BNSF rail ramps in Joliet. The grant was underwritten through support of ISA with checkoff-funded research and execution in writing the proposal.
    Shipping container crane
  • ISA explores Taiwan trade opportunities for Illinois soybeans
    Earlier this year ISA visited Taiwan – the sixth-largest market for U.S. soybean exports – to learn more about trade opportunities in this country. Visiting soy-based food and oil processors and manufacturers, the trade team saw and heard firsthand that demand for containerized genetically engineered (GE) soybeans continues to give Illinois an advantage over competitors.
    Loading bags of soybeans on truck

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A membership organization that provides advocacy in Springfield and Washington, D.C., to promote the interests of soybean farmers. Supporting initiatives include the Corporate Partnership Program and Soy Partner Pledge.

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Soy Sources

Illinois is the no. 1 producer of soybeans, harvesting nearly 593 million bushels each year.