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What does the future of soy look like and what should you be prepared for?

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Our members answer: Why ISA?


"Through my involvement with ISA, I have been able to interact with some of the best farmers in the country. Through these interactions, I have become a better agriculturalist, as I have a newfound perspective on growing practices and management techniques."

Reed Burres

New Leader Award recipient


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"I am driven to deliver healthy soils and clean water through continuous improvement. Because of that drive, we’ve turned to ISA for assistance in testing various practices. I’ve seen firsthand how ISA membership and involvement in their research trials can benefit my operation."

Rob Stout

ISA Research participant


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"Working with the Soil and Water Outcomes Fund allowed us to take our conservation efforts to a larger scale. My advice to farmers who are considering this opportunity: Don’t be afraid to try. There is no downside."

Nick Hermanson

Soil and Water Outcomes Fund participant

Story City

Learn more about this new market opportunity.

"Investing in new uses gives my soybeans more value and increases demand. Like the hard-fought growth of the biodiesel industry over the years, soybeans need renewed focus and investment on large-scale new uses. I can really see products like soy-based asphalt and other materials as the next high-volume use to really give us a demand boost."

Rolland Schnell

ISA member and past president


See how we work to boost demand.

"Iowa soybean farmers need a voice locally, nationally and globally. The opportunity to have fellow farmers go to work for you in Des Moines, Washington, D.C. or abroad to have your perspective heard and understood is so valuable. I’m driven to be one of those farmers, advocating for positive changes that allow us all to protect our livelihood and continue our way of life."

Jeff Jorgenson

ISA President


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"Speaking for agriculture isn’t something that comes naturally to me. That’s why I knew I had to do the Communications Squad. Practicing often, completing media interviews and attending sessions teaches and reinforces critical skills that ultimately benefit our industry. It’s important to do things outside our comfort zones. "

Randy Miller

Communications Squad Participant


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"We like to try things on our farm and see what works for us. I didn’t really know how I fit in ISA’s programming or how it fit with my life. But ISA invested in me and helped me find the right fit, first in the ISA Experience Class and now through CommonGround. These opportunities were ones that worked and provided value for me at this stage in my life."

Tarin Tiefenthaler

ISA Experience participant


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"If you aren’t involved with ISA yet why not? Why not partner with ISA and let your membership dollars be reinvested back in your farm? Plus, this group of individuals is top-notch. You will never regret your decision in gaining knowledge from this highly professional team!"

Klint & Aimee Bissell

ISA Research participants


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Summer edition of Fresh Pickings delivers ag awareness to consumers statewide

The latest issue introduces readers to Iowa farmers, veterinarians and nutritionists who help farm animals live the good life. Plus, readers will discover how the Iowa Soybean Association’s recent learning journey to Brazil will better help farmers better compete in a global marketplace. And, just in time for a busy back-to-school season, readers will learn how to make meal prepping a cinch by pairing nutritious proteins with key ingredients for balanced options. Sara Preston, a sixth-generation farmer near Swea City, wraps up her year-long magazine series and discusses the future of agriculture.


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About Soybeans in Iowa


Average soybean yield per acre in Iowa

Average soybean yield per acre in Iowa from 2012-2021

Iowa soybean farmers grow 13% of the nation's soybeans, ranking second in the nation for overall production.

Learn more about how they're grown and used.