ISA to Host Sustainability Showcase Event

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. -- July, 16, 2014 -- Farming and conservation work hand in hand on the Roy Wendte farm, making it a natural choice to serve as the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) 2014 Sustainability Showcase Farm.  Experts from throughout Illinois will join farmers and industry representatives to discuss sustainable agriculture practices at the ISA-sponsored Sustainability Showcase Farm Tour Aug. 7 at Wendte Farms near Altamont, Ill.

Attendees will hear from 11 sustainability experts, with presentations and hands-on demonstrations about how to ensure nutrients, seed and other farm inputs get exactly where they are needed and in the right amounts.  Topics to be presented include:

• Equipment demonstrations

• Soil quality improvement techniques

• Government support programs

• Conservation funding

• Cover cropping

• ISA support

The Wendte family also will discuss how their farming practices help to enhance and protect natural resources.  ISA Director and Production Committee Chairman Don Guinnip says the Wendtes were chosen as a "2014 Sustainability Showcase Farm" because of the family's three-generation commitment to being sustainable innovators.

"Name any sustainable farming practice and it's a good bet the Wendtes have adopted it or are thinking about it," says Guinnip, who farms near Marshall, Ill.  "ISA organized this event to show Illinois farmers are environmental leaders and to share ways to keep improving."

For detailed information on the event and to RSVP, please visit the Showcase Farm Tour webpage at

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents more than 45,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state soybean checkoff and membership efforts.  The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, issues management and analysis, communications and education.  Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C.  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