Bill Shipley

District 7 Director

Bill Shipley farms near Nodaway in Adams and Montgomery County, Iowa and serves as a district 7 director for the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA).  

Farming for 43 years, Shipley grows soybeans, corn, alfalfa and raises hogs with his wife Diane and son Trever.  He is particularly passionate about their on-farm conservation practices and leaving his land better for future generations. His family implements no-till and has for 30 years. They plant cover crops and manage several miles of terraces and filter strips. Shipley worked to raise the organic matter in his soil by 2%-3% in the last several years. 

Having served as ISA President in 2018, Shipley is an avid promoter of U.S. soy. He has participated in trade delegations to the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria, Italy and traveled to China three times during his tenure. With a long litany of domestic travel experiences, Shipley is particularly fond of his attendance at the National Oilseed Producers Association conference.  

Active in his community, Shipley also serves as commissioner on the Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District as well as the Adams County Conservation Board. 

In Memoriam  

The Iowa soybean family mourns the loss of farmer, leader and friend, Bill Shipley.

"I could say and share so many things about my good friend, but most importantly he will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather," says ISA CEO Kirk Leeds. "For those of us in the soybean family, he will also be remembered as a dedicated and generous leader who gave countless hours in service to his fellow soybean farmers in work he led in Iowa, across the U.S. and around the world. We have lost a good friend, but we have been blessed by having been able to walk alongside Bill in this journey we call life."

The ISA offers its heartfelt condolences to Bill's wife, Diane, and the Shipley family and its appreciation for all Bill did for the good of ISA and the industry he loved so much.

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