Illinois Soil Testing Association
Welcome to the Illinois Soil Testing Association

About Us

The Illinois Soil Testing Association (ISTA) is an organization of professionals dedicated
  • quality soil testing
  • accurate reporting
  • sound management advice
  • Information sharing

Our organization was founded on the premise that farmers and others in need of soil
analyses must have information that is reliable, consistent and accurate. To ensure our
members provide data that meet these standards, ISTA maintains an accreditation
program that is developed by the organization's board of directors and approved by the
voting members.

ISTA includes some 50 individual members and represents 30 labs and businesses
throughout Illinois. We are involved in research funding, information sharing and quality
control for the member labs and consultants. Our advisory board includes members on-
staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Western Illinois University, Illinois
State University and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

The organization holds two meetings annually - a winter meeting normally held in
February and a summer meeting in July. The meetings are designed to allow members
to share information on new techniques and products, share new findings on old
techniques and products, discuss on-going projects, conduct business, review field
research, and get to know our fellow members a little better.
Our Objectives

The primary objective of ISTA is to promote the interest of agriculture in Illinois by
increasing the efficiency of production of the state's farm crops and the profits resulting
through the development, use and acceptance of proper soil testing methods and
fertilizer recommendations principles. These purposes are accomplished by:
  1. Promoting and developing educational activities related to soil testing and
    fertilizer recommendations such as workshops, field meetings, demonstrations
    and displays, and the preparation and distribution of educational materials.
  2. Cooperation with educational institutions and agencies concerning important
    problems confronting any segment of the soil testing profession.
  3. Counseling with governmental officials and administrators on laws, policies,
    regulations, rulings, procedures, and decisions directly or indirectly affecting soil
    testing or any segment of the soil testing profession.
  4. Counseling with industry leaders on matters of material interest and concern
    that may directly or indirectly affect soil testing or any segment of the soil testing
  5. Developing and adopting standards of professional and business ethics among
    membership and by promoting equitable trade practices.
  6. Providing for and promoting the use of proper soil sampling procedures
    approved by the association.
  7. Providing for an promoting the use of soil testing procedures approved by the
  8. Providing incentives for laboratories to achieve the highest possible
    performance level of soil testing.
  9. Recognizing that recommendations for soil treatment are a professional
    judgment based on both an interpretation of the soil test results and a
    knowledge of the field history and should be made by or under the direct
    supervision of a qualified person meeting standards approved by the
  10. Fostering an organization that will be sound in its thinking and aggressive in its
    action with the necessary influence, ability and resources to carry out the
    purposes, objectives and mission of the association.