The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) develops policies and programs that help farmers expand profit opportunities while promoting environmentally sensitive production using the soybean checkoff and other resources. The Association is governed by an elected board of 21 volunteer farmers and serves more than 11,000 members throughout the state.
ISA was organized in 1964 by a group of Iowa farmers who came together with a common goal – to increase the profitability of soybean production in the state.At that time, the U.S. grew 701 million bushels of soybeans at a price of $2.62 per bushel. In 2004, the U.S. grew 3,141 million bushels of soybeans at a price of $5.65 per bushel. Iowa is always a top soybean-producing state, and in 2004 it grew 497 million bushels of the total U.S. crop.