The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs honored six industry leaders with awards of excellence yesterday at a meeting in Chicago, Ill. The winners were nominated and chosen by the current ISA Board of Directors for excellence in promoting soy from Illinois in ISA’s priority areas: leadership, marketplace, stakeholder engagement, technology transfer and transportation.
“We appreciate the time and service these people have provided to our industry. Their efforts help increase the profitability of Illinois soybean farmers,” says Lynn Rohrscheib, ISA chairwoman and soybean farmer from Fairmount, Ill. “Each of these people have made significant contributions to Illinois agriculture and to furthering the mission and vision of ISA.”
Amparo Garza Lang, is the ISA Excellence in Leadership award winner. ISA gives the award to an individual who excels in developing and establishing a global competitive position for Illinois soybeans and soy products. Lang recently retired from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Lynn Clarkson is the ISA Excellence in Marketplace award winner. Excellence in Marketplace honors an individual who excels in promoting preference of Illinois soy for export markets, biodiesel or animal agriculture. Clarkson is founder of Clarkson Grain Company Inc.
Robert J. Jones and Kimberlee Kidwell are the ISA Stakeholder Engagement award winners. The honor recognizes individuals who excel in expanding the influence and reach of ISA or Illinois soybean farmers through member, corporate, industry and advocacy efforts. Jones is chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Kidwell is dean of the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois.
John Schillinger is the Excellence in Technology Transfer award winner. The Excellence in Technology Transfer award honors an individual who excels in optimizing farmer profitability through business management, yield and sustainable production practices. Schillinger is currently president and founder of Schillinger Genetics, Inc.
Mike Steenhoek is the ISA Excellence in Transportation award winner. The award honors an individual who excels in ensuring Illinois soybeans and soybean products reach their intended destinations efficiently. Steenhoek is executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition.
ISA also recognized outgoing board member Gary Berg, St. Elmo, Ill. Berg served two terms as ISA District 13 director. He currently is an Illinois director for the United Soybean Board. Berg also was a Soy Ambassador and active with World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH), USA Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) and National Biodiesel Board (NBB).
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 www.ilsoy.org.
Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is a membership organization serving more than 43,000 Illinois soybean growers. ISG provides advocacy in Springfield and Washington, D.C., to promote the interests of Illinois soybean farmers and programs that enhance soybean production and demand. Voice for Soy, the online action center supported by ISG, allows growers to easily connect with legislators and regulators to advocate for Illinois agriculture. For more information about ISG, visit the website www.ilsoygrowers.com.
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