Engage with ISA

We're here for you! Make the most of your membership. Join your fellow soybean farmers in taking advantage of an opportunity that sparks your interest and fits your schedule. These are just some of our programs available to you through ISA membership. Don't hesitate to reach out to your Producer Services team for information on these or any other opportunities.

 The ISA Experience

The ISA Experience class meets in the ISA office.The ISA Experience is an opportunity to immerse yourself in what ISA has to offer. Whether you are interested in on-farm research, getting involved in policy, understanding the impacts of transportation, talking to the media, or growing leadership skills, this program is for you. We want to get you where you need to be and connect you with staff and farmer leaders who can help you succeed. 

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 District Advisory Council (DAC) 

District Advisory Council members meet.The DAC is made up of farmer leaders in each of Iowa's nine crop districts, representing all 99 counties. DAC members are farmers who have stepped forward to do more with ISA and get involved in ways that best fit their interests, skills and schedules. Most opportunities, like surveys or conference calls, you can do from your tractor seat or home. Sometimes we will provide opportunities for involvement in trials, media opportunities, farm tours, and various other ways to showcase and improve our industry.

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 Communications Squad

communications squad meets at the ISA officeThe Communications Squad is driven to empower farmers to be more effective spokespersons for the soybean industry. Participants gather four times per year to get the latest industry updates on agricultural issues, converse with television, radio and newspaper reporters and share their farming stories. 

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CommonGround Iowa

ISA CommonGround volunteers converse with consumers.CommonGround is based on the idea that we need to make food and farming more personal. As consumers get further away from the farm, the more questions they have about the food they feed their families. When consumers understand that real families are raising their food and that they share common values and expectations, they have more trust in farming. 

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Our Current Volunteers

Rachel Binning, Johnston
Aimee Bissell, Bedford
Kellie Blair, Dayton
Crystal Blin, Independence
Laura Blomme, Victor
Lynn Bolin, Clarksville
Cassie Cannon, Prairie City
Laura Cunningham, Nora Springs
Paula Ellis, Donnellson
Steph Essick, Dickens
Anna Fedders, Ireton
Katie Hall, Clive
April Hemmes, Hampton
Katie Hermanson, Story City
Rhonda Hill, Madrid
Alicia Humphrey, Story City
Amber Kohlhaas, Lu Verne
Erica Lain, Coydon
Emma Lasco, Roland

Mary Lauver, Cleves
Lexi Marek, Ankeny
Joan Maxwell, Donahue
Amy Nelson, Donahue
LeAnne Philips, Akron
Val Plage, Latimer
Ashley Recknor, Clarion
Sara Ross, Minden
Corrine Rowe, Dallas Center
Shari Sell-Bakker, Dike
Suzanne Shirbroun, Farmersburg
Laura Showalter, Hampton
Pat Swanson, Ottumwa
Keisha Thompson, Milo
Tarin Tiefenthaler, Carroll
Amy Tlach, Prole
Julie Van Manen, Kellogg
Allie Wise, Decorah
Nicole Woodley, Clarion


Iowa Food & Family Project

Iowa State Fair-goers engage with the Iowa Food & Family Project volunteers in the Varied Industries Building. Iowa FFP builds trust in modern agriculture with an opt-in audience of more than 130,000 food and health-minded Iowans. Iowa FFP connects farmers and consumers during community events, farm tours, speaker series and influencer panels. ISA members are encouraged to volunteer to share their agriculture stories through these events. 

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Leadership Awards 

Formerly Iowa Governor Terry Branstad presents ISA member Rolland Schnell with an ISA Leadership Award.ISA Leadership Awards are presented annually in seven categories to individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding work on behalf of Iowa soybean farmers and the agriculture industry.

Nominations officially open in the fall and awards are presented at ISA’s Annual Awards Banquet in the winter, but you can submit nominations at any time.

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 ISA Board of Directors

ISA director and farmer Steph Essick stands in her field.Serving on the Board of Directors is an opportunity to elevate your leadership efforts and provide direction for your organization. Directors represent the soybean farmers in their crop reporting districts and determine where checkoff dollars are invested and leveraged. They also represent Iowa on trade missions, at various agricultural conferences, at the state and national Capitols and are regularly called upon to speak with the media about important issues. 

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ASA Corteva Young Leader Program

ISA members and farmers, the Oberbroecklings, attended the Young Leader Program.A partnership between the American Soybean Association (ASA) and Corteva Agriscience, the Young Leader Program is a two-phase educational program for actively farming individuals and couples who are passionate about the future possibilities of agriculture. The women and men who participate in this program will be the leaders who shape the future of agriculture.

Apply now or view participant testimonials.

Not a member yet?

Join the 12,357 Iowa soybean farmers (and counting!) as an ISA Farmer Member. For farmers who certify they market 250 bushels of soybeans annually, ISA's Farmer Membership is available at no additional cost. Start making the most of your membership benefits by activating your membership today!