District 2 Director
Casey Schlichting farms near Clear Lake in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, and serves as a district 2 director for the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA).
A family farmer, Schlichting works his operation with his father, uncle, wife and their two children. Schlichting has grown soybeans and corn as a farmer for 20 years. Taking measured steps to achieve long-term conservation, the family incorporates land in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) with plans to implement strip tillage and buffer strips.
A strong advocate for the farmer, Schlichting feels especially passionate about connecting with consumers and combatting misconceptions about his occupation. He leads by example when communicating that farmers grow healthy food in a sustainable way.
A director since 2017, Schlichting most values the relationships he’s been able to forge throughout his leadership journey with ISA. He also recalls fondly his travels to China and Japan and seeing how soybean checkoff dollars are used and return value to his operation. Policy and communications were two areas Schlichting found himself most drawn to, as he worked closely with ISA staff to achieve goals in both departments.
In addition to ISA, Schlichting is involved with his local Farm Bureau Board, the Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Committee and serves as a Five Star Co-Op Board member. Schlichting also completed the Corteva Young Leader program as well as the Dupont Young Leader program.