October 04, 2022

The Illinois Soybean Association is committed to building domestic markets, as well as international markets. We understand using soybean meal as a feedstock for animal agriculture is a great opportunity, as they are the No. 1 consumer of soybean meal in the state and nation.

Though summer quickly came to an end, the Illinois FFA Major State Officer Team has continued to put its leadership abilities to the test. At the annual Illinois State Fair in Springfield, the state officers carried on the tradition of working the FFA Barnyard.

It was exactly two years ago this month that I turned wildly bullish the commodity markets, and with the benefit of hindsight, it was a well-timed forecast.

Early in the morning on Sept. 11, 2001, our California Farm Bureau delegation was in Washington, D.C. We were reviewing appointment times and finalizing presentations on an important advocacy trip.

Flying ATVs, autonomous farm equipment, short-stature corn, carbon farming and biological solutions for soil and plant health were all on display the Farm Progress Show near Boone, Iowa. Much has changed in the world of production agriculture in recent years.

I inherited my parents’ passion for taking care of land, protecting the water and providing wildlife refuge. Visitors to our farm are often surprised to learn this commitment to sustainability goes back to the 1950s. The same is true on many generational farms across the country.