ISA is governed by a board of volunteer farmer-directors elected by the state membership. Two directors are elected from each crop reporting district. Members also vote for four at-large directors. The 22 directors meet throughout the year to develop policies and programs.
Iowa also has six farmers who serve as national directors on the American Soybean Association’s board of directors, four who serve on the United Soybean Board and one farmer representative who serves on the National Biodiesel Board.
Bill Shipley, President
Bill Shipley of Nodaway grows soybeans, corn and hay with his wife and son on their southwest Iowa farm in Adams and Montgomery Counties. He has three children, three grandchildren and holds an associate’s degree in ag business from South Western Community College.
Protecting our natural resources is of high priority to the Shipley family and the farm is exclusively no till — a conservation practice they began implementing more than three decades ago. Throughout his presidency, Shipley will also work extensively alongside the board in an effort to bring long-term financing for water quality efforts to fruition.
Lindsay Greiner President Elect At Large
Lindsay Greiner, Keota, raises corn, soybeans and hogs. He has farmed for more than 35 years and believes telling the story of farming is more important than ever. He believes farmers are doing a tremendous job producing food and fuel in a responsible story and they need to continue to get the message to consumers.
Stephanie Essick Treasurer, Exec. Committee At Large
Stephanie Essick, Dickens, raises corn, soybeans and hay with her father. Essick has been an advocate for agriculture through the Iowa CommonGround program which share stories about living and working in agriculture.
Dave Walton At Large, Exec. Committee District 6
Dave Walton, Wilton, farms with his wife and two sons. They grow soybeans and corn, in addition to raising beef cattle and sheep. Walton is on the ISA policy advisory council, and wants to position ISA as the premiere ag organization and continue that focus not only on trade but also research.
Tim Bardole Secretary, Exec. Committee At Large
Tim Bardole, Rippey, farms no-till corn and soybeans with his father and brother. He is passionate about addressing the challenges surrounding exports, demand and transportation, and keeping Iowa soybean farmers competitive.
Chuck White District 1
Chuck White, Spencer, raises corn and soybeans with his father and brother. White has been involved with the ISA On-Farm Network and finds it rewarding to help producers access information to improve their operations.
Mark Vosika District 1
Mark Vosika, Pocahontas, grows corn and soybeans. One of Vosika’s long-term goal is to increase the usage of biodiesel, along with strengthening the livestock industry and exports and other domestic uses to increase demand.
April Hemmes District 2
April Hemmes, Hampton, raises corn, soybeans and hay and has farmed for 30 years. A soil and water commissioner for 20 years, Hemmes promotes the soil and nutrient-saving enhancements she uses on her farm. She also has a passion for increasing soybean markets abroad and at home.
Rick Juchems District 3
Rick Juchems, Plainfield, finishes hogs and grows soybeans and corn. An avid conservationist, Juchems has been planting cover crops for close to 10 years and encourages other farmers to try the practice.
Suzanne Shirbroun District 3
Suzanne Shirbroun, Farmersburg, raises corn and soybeans. She has been heavily involved in the ISA On-Farm Network for many years and is a voice for agriculture through Iowa CommonGround. The program helps connect farm women with consumers to share the story of ag and food today.
LaVerne Arndt District 4
LaVerne Arndt, Sac City, raises soybeans, corn and runs a cow-calf operation with his wife and two children. Arndt is passionate about marketing and consumer perceptions and water quality.
Morey Hill District 5
Morey Hill, Madrid, has farmed for close to 40 years. His operation includes soybeans, corn, ewes and layers. Hill believes it’s important the soybean industry continues to improve and strengthen existing and emerging soybean markets, while improving our infrastructure.
Robb Ewoldt District 6
Robb Ewoldt, Blue Grass, raises soybeans, corn and cattle. The Ewoldts believe in educating non-farmers about agriculture and have hosted several farm tours. Other issues he’s passionate about include environmental efforts and market development.
Jeff Jorgenson District 7
Jeff Jorgenson, Sidney, raises corn and soybeans and has a cow-calf herd. Jorgenson has previously served as treasurer for the Iowa Soybean Association Board of Directors and is passionate about water quality and soil conservation.
Warren Bachman District 8
Warren Bachman, Osceola, has farmed for more than 50 years. He raises corn and soybeans and utilizes conservation practices such as terraces, contour farming, minimum tillage and no-till. He is also passionate about improving infrastructure in order to keep soybean farmers competitive.
Randy Miller District 8
Randy Miller, Lacona, raises soybeans, corn, hay, pigs and has a cow-calf operation. Miller believes agriculture as a whole benefits from consumers understanding and being comfortable with the use of technologies and wants the public to understand the dedication farmers have to protecting the environment.
Pat Swanson District 9
Pat Swanson, Ottumwa, with her husband and brother-in-law, raises soybeans, corn and hay in addition to running a cow-calf operation. Swanson also runs a crop and livestock insurance business. Swanson has been involved in the ISA District Advisory Council, the Iowa Food & Family Project, as well as hosting ISA legislative updates.
Brent Renner At Large
Brent Renner, Klemme, farms soybeans, corn, alfalfa and hogs. Renner is passionate about finding innovative and environmentally-sound farming practices that produce more soybean bushels for less. Renner runs a cash crop alfalfa business and does some custom work with his hay equipment and sprayer.