BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) has named Abigail Peterson, Princeton, Ill., as Conservation Agronomy Manager, effective June 14, 2021.
A Certified Crop Adviser, Peterson earned a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where she also participated in a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ambassador Program, Soil and Water Conservation Club, and an Agriculture Study Abroad Program.
In her former role as Field Manager for the Soil Health Partnership, funded by the National Corn Growers Association, Peterson developed soil health transition plans, guided agronomic decision-making with cover crop applications to conventional systems, enrolled participants in field trials, and coordinated with multiple state organizations. She has experience conducting field scouting, coordinating soil sampling processes, collecting economic information, and providing outreach to farmer and non-farmer audiences.
As Conservation Agronomy Manager for ISA, Peterson will support the Director of Conservation Agriculture. She will help guide ISA conservation efforts, and aid in the development and implementation of conservation agricultural research and outreach programs. She will also help lead the demonstration and adoption of conservation agriculture practices to Illinois’ 43,000 soybean farmers.
“Abigail’s experience helping farmers with the adoption of new conservation practices, her agronomy education and Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) designation, combined with her passion for farmer service make her an excellent fit to the conservation offerings at ISA,” says Michael Gill, ISA Director of Conservation Agriculture.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development and utilization efforts while the membership program supports the government relations interests of Illinois soybean farmers at the local, state, and national level, through the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG). ISA upholds the interests of Illinois soybean producers through promotion, advocacy, and education with the vision of becoming a market leader in sustainable soybean production and profitability. For more information, visit the website www.ilsoy.org.
— Illinois Soybean Association
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