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Illinois farmers have led the nation in soybean production five of the last six seasons. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Illinois producers raised nearly 700 million bushels of soybeans in 2018 with an average yield of 65 bushels per acre.

Most Illinois soybean producers have to navigate the challenge of finding and keeping quality health care and accessible health insurance. For some of us, that means a family member must seek an off-farm job that provides a family medical plan.

It’s no secret that more of us are using technology on our farms. Continuously adopting new ways of doing things helps keep Illinois soybean producers profitable.

The soybean marketplace is changing fast. Illinois producers face now, and will face again, new, evolving policies and regulations, an uncertain trade environment and a steady stream of fresh innovation and technology tools.