Suzanne Shirbroun on her farm

Suzanne Shirbroun on her farm in Farmersburg (Photo: Iowa Soybean Association / Joclyn Bushman)

Innovation to Profit Summer Series - Farmersburg

Date & Time: August 6, 2024 | 11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Joe & Suzanne Shirbroun’s Shop (17724 Highway 52 Farmersburg, IA 52047)

Join the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) Research Center for Farming Innovation in Farmersburg this summer for an Innovation to Profit Field Day!

Explore research and conservation trials in your area, along with available cost share opportunities. Gain insight into local conservation efforts, including pollinator habitats and other edge of field practices, that are impacting farmer productivity.

This event is locally led, locally relevant and locally driven to deliver. 


10:30 a.m. - Registration

11 a.m. - Welcome

Suzanne Shirbroun, ISA Board of Directors president

11:15 a.m. - Conservation Practices in NE Iowa & Cost Share Opportunities

Evan Brehm , ISA conservation agronomist, eastern Iowa
Explore various cost share programs in the state of Iowa geared toward cover crops and edge of field practices. Includes a high-level discussion on agronomics of cover crops and why acres have increased to nearly 4 million acres in 2024. See results from water monitoring on edge of field practices that creates a 25-90% reduction of nitrates in 2023 and receive contacts for practice implementation.

12 p.m. - Lunch

12:40 p.m. - Soil & Water Outcomes Fund (SWOF)

Brogan Schanz, SWOF field program representative, eastern Iowa
Receive an overview of the Soil and Water Outcomes Fund (SWOF) and how farmers can sign their acres up for the program. Learn how SWOF quantifies environmental outcomes and works with partners to create payments for farmers based upon those outcomes.

12:50 p.m. - 2023-2024 Research Trial Results, Agronomy Update & 2025 Trial Opportunities

Shane Beck, ISA research agronomist, north central and northeast Iowa
Hear results from previous Iowa Soybean Association fungicide trials and the determined benefits. Receive an update on current fungicide trials and the new Improved Cropping Systems trial. Discuss current pest and pathogen pressures farmers are experiencing, including Corn Rootworm. Lastly, discover 2025 trial opportunities and how you can get involved.

1:20 p.m. - Pollinator Plot Tour, Other Edge of Field & Habitat Practices

Brandon Iddings, ISA conservation services manager
Discover the benefits of converting unproductive ground into native pollinator prairie. This session will discuss what it takes to establish your own prairie and cost share opportunities to help cover the costs. Additional, explore other edge of field and habitat practices that could benefit your farm in the future.

1:40 p.m. - Wrap up & Discussion


Joe & Suzanne Shirbroun’s Shop

17724 Highway 52 Farmersburg, IA 52047

Additional Information

Looking to continue your education and expand your knowledge? There are 2.0 hours of Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) credits available.

Register today to reserve your spot

Complete the brief registration below by July 24, 2024. For additional information or questions, contact Julia Brenizer at 815-878-5622 or