The Illinois Soybean Association’s board of directors selected John Lumpe as the organization's new CEO, effective immediately.

He replaces former CEO Craig Ratajczyk, who left the organization on Aug. 1 of last year and interim CEO Mark Albertson.

“John Lumpe will be a tremendous asset to the organization. We are excited about his vision for propelling Illinois soybean farmers to even greater heights,” says Doug Schroeder, ISA chairman. “Lumpe will be an advocate for the farmer and coupled with his impressive resume of experience and passion for the work. We are very excited about this next chapter in the history of ISA. We are looking forward to the future under Lumpe’s leadership.”

Lumpe’s resume includes more than 30 years of experience in association management, public relations, strategic thinking, communications and market development. His most recent role was as senior vice president of FLM Harvest where he provided strategic leadership to the organization and specifically checkoff/association clients and trade associations. Prior to that he was the executive director of the Ohio Soybean Association, Ohio Soybean Council and the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation.

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“I look forward to this exciting opportunity to serve Illinois soybean farmers who are world renowned for their tremendous contributions to the agriculture industry,” says Lumpe. “Illinois is consistently the number one soybean state in the nation and I look forward to working with Illinois farmers to continue that legacy.”
Lumpe will be responsible for leading the state’s soybean checkoff programs and also lead activities for Illinois Soybean Growers and non-checkoff programs.
Lumpe, an Ohio native, graduated from Walsh College with a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism. He and his wife Lisa have two sons.
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