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Illinois Soybean Growers Praises U.S. House for Passing GMO Labeling Bill


BLOOMINGTON, IL – July 14, 2016 – Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) thanks the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Roberts-Stabenow GMO labeling compromise. This measure sets a national standard for GMO labeling and avoids individual state laws that would have placed burdens on the agriculture and food industries.

“We are proud of Congress for passing a national standard for GMO labeling,” says Daryl Cates, ISG chairman and part of the ISG delegation who met with legislators about this issue in Washington, D.C., this week. “Maintaining this national standard reduces confusion for consumers and ensures choices for farmers like me.”

The House passed the bill with a vote of 306-117. Last week the Senate passed the measure 63-30. It now moves to President Barack Obama’s desk where the White House has said he will sign the bill.

Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is a membership organization serving more than 43,000 Illinois soybean growers. ISG provides advocacy in Springfield and Washington, D.C., to promote the interests of Illinois soybean farmers and programs that enhance soybean production and demand. Voice for Soy, the online action center supported by ISG, allows growers to easily connect with legislators and regulators to advocate for Illinois agriculture.


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Anti-ag sentiment seems to be everywhere in today's world. From legislation designed to block the expansion of livestock operations to denials about the important role biotechnology plays in feeding an ever-growing global population, activists are working to put an end to American agriculture. That's why we need YOU to help support and influence key policies that will enable Illinois soybean farmers to be the most effective producers in the world.

When you join Illinois Soybean Growers, you are taking a stand against these pressures… adding your "Voice for Soy" to those of many other "agvocates" in Springfield and Washington, D.C.

Raise your voice. Daryl Cates, ISA chairman urges "ISG members to contact legislators and encourage continuation of the biodiesel tax credit and adjustment of the RFA to higher levels." Read the full article and more of our recently accomplished achievements.

Make Your Mark

Did you know that even if you contribute to the Illinois soybean checkoff, you are NOT automatically a member of ISG? Because soybean checkoff dollars cannot be used to fund legislative efforts of any kind, we must depend upon our dues-paying members to help support our political activities. For this reason, we leverage ISG's role as a grassroots, membership-based organization, so we can focus on those regulation and legislative issues that can potentially affect soybean profitability, such as:

  • Sales tax exemptions and credits 
  • Infrastructure improvements
  • EPA regulatory oversight 
  • Market access to Asia and Europe
  • Farm Bill

Your Membership Offers New Rewards!

Whether you choose to join ISG as a one-year member for $95 or a three-year member for $145(a $140 savings), you will receive several valuable benefits that more than double your investment! You also can choose to enroll your loved ones or employees under our affiliate program. No matter the route you choose, you automatically become a member of the American Soybean Association (ASA) when you become an ISG member.

It's Easy to Get Started!

Simply complete and submit our online membership form, email ilsoy@ilsoy.org or call (309) 663-7692. If you prefer, you may download and fill out a printable application, which you should mail to ISG at the address listed at the top of the form.

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