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Indiana Soybean Alliance mourns the passing of checkoff advocate and farmer Bill Silver

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 Indiana Soybean Alliance mourns the passing of checkoff advocate and farmer Bill Silver

 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 9, 2019) — The Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) is sad to hear of the passing of Hoosier farmer William “Bill” Silver, who was a pioneer in launching the soybean checkoff in Indiana. Silver, of Boswell, Ind., died Tuesday, May 7.


Silver served as an advocate for all Indiana farmers, and he also supported the creation of the state’s soybean checkoff program. Jane Ade Stevens, CEO of the Indiana Soybean Alliance, said Silver took pride in the growth and work the checkoff provided for farmers.


“Those of us who have worked to support Hoosier farmers were saddened to learn that Mr. Indiana Soybean, Bill Silver, has passed away,” Stevens said. “Bill was the soybean farmer who led the effort for many years to get a soybean checkoff passed. He has always been an advocate for farmers and took great pride is seeing how the Indiana Soybean Alliance has developed. We lost a great advocate this week. May he rest in peace.”



The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of biodiesel, livestock, grain marketing, aquaculture, new soybean uses, and research. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the ISA’s 800 dues-paying members. Visit for more information.


This communication was funded with soybean checkoff dollars.