Do you know an experienced Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) who focuses on soybean management? Nominate him or her for the first Soybean Master Adviser award, presented by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program. The award is part of ISA’s effort to recognize CCAs for their contribution to soybean production in Illinois.

Any Illinois CCA whose certification is active and who is interested and involved in soybean management can be nominated. The award will be presented to the winning CCA at the ILSoyAdvisor.com Soybean Summit in Peoria, Feb. 16.

“CCAs play a significant role in Illinois soybean production,” says Linda Kull, ISA Director of Strategic Research. “Our focus is to optimize farmer profitability. Working with CCAs to increase soybean management practices across the state will directly impact that, and we want to recognize that partnership.”

ISA currently enlists CCAs to serve as "Soy Envoys" who blog about soybean management on ILSoyAdvisor.com, ISA's agronomic-focused website. ISA also is leading efforts to expand opportunities for CCAs to improve their soybean management knowledge and skills, and ISA directors wish to acknowledge the professionals taking advantage of that.

“This effort helps keep farmers engaged and focused on soybeans as more than a rotational crop,” says Soy Envoy Stephanie Porter, from Taylorville, Ill. “The CCA Soy Envoy program and Soybean Master Adviser award are great ways for CCAs to get involved, earn recognition and further specialize in their careers.”

The nomination form includes questions about the nominee's CCA number, address, employer and a few examples of their work and why they deserve the award.  Nominees will be reviewed by a panel of ISA board members, Illinois CCA board members and university professionals. Nominations are open until Jan. 15.  Visit ilsoy.org/master_adviser to learn more and fill out the nomination.