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Since 1991, ISA has served the needs of soybean farmers across Indiana. Today, it values a long history, knowing that it is continuing its legacy of helping improve profitability for all famers. Follow us through the years.


The National Soybean Growers Association (renamed the American Soybean Association in 1929) is formed by the people who attend the first "Cornbelt Soybean Conference" on a farm owned by three Fouts brothers near Camden, Ind. Over 1,000 people attend the meeting and many became the first members of the Soybean Association. 
  • With voluntary checkoff funds, the American Soybean Association opens an office in Tokyo, Japan. 
  • With voluntary checkoff funds, the American Soybean Association opens 11 overseas offices.
  • Twenty-six states passed soybean checkoff legislation. Indiana and Ohio are the only two soybean-producing states without soybean checkoff programs.
  • Congress passes the Farm Bill, which included a provision for a Soybean Promotion and Research Checkoff.
  • The Indiana Soybean Development Council opens its office in Lebanon, Indiana, and a board of 18 farmers is elected. The first Executive Director, Anita Stuever, is hired.
  • Soy-based crayons win the first Indiana Soybean Development Council - Purdue University Soybean Utilization Contest now called the Student Soybean Innovation Competition. (N6)
  • Fifty-four percent of U.S. soybean farmers vote in the referendum to continue the soybean checkoff. 
  • Results are published from a checkoff-funded research study. Headlines read: Soybean consumption/cancer reduction relationship found.
  • The soybean checkoff refund program is discontinued. Many farmers lobbied against refunds saying that it was not fair that some farmers paid the checkoff while others received refunds.
  • The Indiana Soybean Development Council creates a soybean science kit and places it in 100 Indiana elementary schools.
  • The Indiana Soybean Development Council hires Executive Director, Steve Ludwig, of Hartford City, Ind.
  • The Indiana Soybean Development Council and Dixon-Ticonderoga host the national soybean crayon launch.
  • The Indiana Soybean Development Council changes its name to the Indiana Soybean Board. As a part of the change, the board of directors expands to 36 farmers, and a staff - which was employed by the Indiana Soybean Growers Association - is now employed by the checkoff-funded board.
  • The Indiana Soybean Board introduces the first soy-based candle at the Farm Progress Show in Windfall, Ind.


  • The Indiana Soybean Board signs a contract with Alltrista Consumer Products Company allowing Alltrista to take over the soybean candle business.
  • Based on years of checkoff-funded research, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announces the soy health claim, which changes the way soy foods are labeled.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture announces that it will not conduct a referendum on the soybean checkoff. Less than 3 percent of U.S. soybean farmers signed a request for referendum form; less than the 10 percent is needed to push the program into a referendum.
  • Soybean Checkoff marks its 10th anniversary.
  • CystX® germplasm is launched at the Farm Progress Show in Lafayette, Ind. Discovered by checkoff-funded researchers; CystX® is the first new SCN-resistant germplasm in 25 years.
  • Indiana Farmers sign Soy Gelatin Contract with California Company.
  • Hamilton County Schools Cut Bus Emissions by switching to Soy-Based Fuel.
  • ISB Sponsors Mideast Conference in Istanbul.
  • ISB Hires Executive Director, Chris Novak.
  • ISB releases new strategic plan.  Livestock programs are a new addition to the soybean checkoff programs.
  • Bartholomew County Goes "Green" With Biodiesel.
  • Indiana Corn Organizations Sign Management Agreement with Soybean Board.
  • Cargill Named Exclusive Licensee for Indiana Soybean Board's Candle Patent Technology.
  • 250 Farmers sign Declaration of Energy Independence.
  • Indiana Begins Producing Biodiesel
  • Hoosiers Declare Energy Independence Day With One-Of-A-Kind "Biofuels Island." 
  • Indiana Soybean Farmers' Grant Helps Worldwide Avian Influenza Campaign.
  • Soybean Quality Rewards Program Offered at Two Indiana Sites.
  • Bell Aquaculture, the nation’s largest yellow perch aquaculture farm, Bell Aquaculture opens its doors.
  • ISA travels to Alaska to test Permaflo Technology
  • ISA hires Mark Henderson, former Dow AgroSciences employee, as Executive Director. 
  • ISA partners with the Indianapolis Colts to develop Hoosier Horsepower educational program.
  • ISA implements new five-year strategic plan for FY2011-FY2015
  • ISA hires Jane Ade Stevens as CEO. 
  • Soybean Farmers host the Year of Soybeans (EP2) at the Indiana State Fair.
  • ISA announces building the Glass Barn as a permanent exhibit at the Indiana State Fair.


  • Glass Barn opens at the Indiana State Fair.
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