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ISA hires Director of Conservation Agriculture

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 11:36:33 CST
BLOOMINGTON, ILL – January 14, 2021 – Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) has named Michael Gill, Bloomington, Illinois, as Director of Conservation Agriculture, effective January 11, 2021.

A Certified Professional Agronomist and Certified Crop Adviser, Gill earned a Bachelor of Science in Field Biology and Master of Science in Agricultural Industries-Soil/Soil Fertility.

In his former role as Crop Nutrient Technical Manager for Growmark Incorporated/FS Cooperative System, Gill led science-based review of testing and adoption of crop nutrient related retail products. He also assisted Growmark Government Relations team with agronomic science issues pertaining to crop nutrient stewardship and sustainability. His work as Agronomic Scientist for The Climate Corporation, WOS Monsanto, included the development of field protocols which improved biogeochemical-based soil fertility model.

“I’ve worked with Michael for more than two decades, in various roles and capacities,” says Steve Pitstick, ISA Vice Chairman. “His skill, background, and deep understanding of agronomic science will be a powerful addition to the ISA team, and will help us stay at the front of issues impacting today’s Illinois soy farmers. We’re thrilled with this addition.”

As Director of Conservation Agriculture for ISA, Gill will work on behalf of farmers in the development and implementation of conservation agriculture research, support research efforts and help communicate both in-field and edge-of-field research, and lead demonstration of conservation agriculture practices to Illinois’ 43,000 soybean farmers.


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