ISA Recognizes Mark Sprague for 2011 Excellence in Environmental Stewardship

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

 Mark Sprague, a soybean farmer Hull, Ill., was presented with the 2011 Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Award by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) today.  Sprague is also a director and past Soy Leader for ISA.

"Mark Sprague is a true conservationist," says Rob Shaffer, ISA director and soybean farmer from El Paso, Ill.  "Mark uses terraces and filter strips to conserve rich, Illinois soil.  By implementing these practices, he reduces chemical and fertilizer runoff out of local and national watersheds and provides excellent places for wildlife to nest."

In addition to ISA, Sprague is active in the Pike County Farm Bureau and Waterways Council.  He previously was a grain merchant for ADM from 1985 to 2004.  He attended the University of Illinois.  He and his wife, Lisa Neese, have one child.  

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is the statewide organization for Illinois soybean growers.  The farmers on its board administer soybean checkoff funds to support research, promotions, and educational programs designed to increase demand for Illinois soybeans and administer legislation and membership programs. For more information, visit: