November 27, 2021

As the harvest season begins to draw to a close, the Illinois Soybean Association is excited to reveal a new logo, branding and messaging as a nod to the long lineage of Illinois soybean farmers who directly influence the promotion, advocacy and education ISA upholds year-round.


As I have traveled across our great country this year, I have experienced all types of agriculture, foods and landscapes. But as I drive local roads and byways, there is one constant theme everywhere — a bumpy ride.


The end of daylight saving time earlier this month brought with it an earlier dawn, which I do love, but also early dusk, of which I am no fan. These days with fewer hours of sunlight remind me of the next season on the horizon and leave me wondering about the harshness of the coming winter.


A report from CivicScience, a market research firm in Pennsylvania, caught my attention and prompted me to lean back in my chair and utter out loud, “OMG!”


The federal government can spend more money in 10 minutes than Congress, its watchdog, can track in 10 years. Still, congressional oversight — as late and limited as it often is — remains a vital element of government.


What are you most thankful for? Go ahead, take a minute, get something in mind. In the holiday rush, and eagerness to market for Christmas, it can be all too easy to rush through this season of thankfulness.



On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, fighting in World War I stopped. At the time, President Woodrow Wilson declared it the first Armistice Day. In 1954, the federal holiday was officially named Veterans Day to honor all American veterans.


In March 2020, there wasn’t a roll of toilet paper to be found. Did you need a new appliance last summer? Good luck taking one home from your local electronics store.