Soybean farmers and other agriculture stakeholders interested in global perspectives on sustainability are encouraged to attend the first-ever soybean sustainability symposium and panel discussion to be held at the Union League Club on July 24 in Chicago.

Presented by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) and USB, "Rethinking Soybean Sustainability: Connecting Farm-Level Decisions with Global Marketplace Challenges," will feature speakers addressing the social, economic and environmental issues of global sustainability with a focus on how soybean farmers can better meet the changing needs of global customers. The event will explore what sustainability means in soybean agriculture, challenge producers to continue efficiency improvements and explore how to address emerging sustainability challenges.

Globally, sustainability practices drive purchase decisions, and that affects market access and profitability of soybean farmers. Although many farmers blend good business practices with good environmental practices to achieve sustainability goals, the future holds even more challenges than farms faced in the past, as natural resources are decreasing at the same time population growth brings increased food demand.

"Illinois soybean producers have made great strides in improving the production efficiency of their farms by implementing sustainable best management practices," says Matt Hughes, ISA chairman. "One of the most important practices soybean farmers are employing is growing improved soybean varieties-a practice that brings multiple efficiency and sustainability benefits. However, the sustainable methods used to produce soybeans are becoming just as important as the quality of the soybean itself."

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