The Communications Squad is a value-added ISA program for farmer members looking to accurately share the story of modern agriculture. The squad meets four to five times per year to receive timely information on the biggest topics in agriculture from in-house and external industry experts.
Media and communications training combined with group exercises meant to foster collaboration and networking mean you walk away with new skills and new contacts with fellow farmers. Expect to be called upon to be a voice and advocate for policy matters, consumer misconceptions and agriculture as a whole.
The 2021 Communications Squad will allow for a strengths-based approach for farmers with interests outside of media interviews.
Interested in participating in the Communications Squad?
Fill out the application or contact Katie James.
February 16: Session I
March 16, 17, 18: Task Force Meetings
June 23: Session II
July 20: Session III
August 24: Session IV
|View the 2021 Participants & Task Forces
Aimee Bissell, Bedford; Writing
Klint Bissell, Bedford; Social Media
Ethan Crow, Marshalltown; Spokesperson
Marty Danzer, Carroll; Spokesperson
Jeff Frank, Auburn; Spokesperson
James Hepp, Rockwell City; Spokesperson
Paige Hepp, Rockwell City; Social Media
Morey Hill, Madrid; Spokesperson
Jeff Jorgenson, Sidney; Spokesperson
Rick Juchems, Plainfield; Social Media
Kevin McGrain, Hornick; Spokesperson
Randy Miller, Lacona; Spokesperson
Pat Murken, Story City; Social Media
Laura Myrtue, Smithland; Social Media
Kristin Oberbroeckling, Garnavillo; Writing
Brent Renner, Klemme; Writing
Lori Ryner, Winterset; Writing
Pat Swanson, Ottumwa; Writing
Tarin Tiefenthaler, Carroll; Social Media
Tom Vincent, Perry; Spokesperson
Chuck White, Spencer; Spokesperson
“It's great training for learning "how" to tell the story of farming and to learn the skills to apply to those business, media or personal conversations.” — Tarin Tiefenthaler, 2020 ISA Communications Squad participant
“I’ve gotten to talk with new people and share my story. That’s an opportunity I wouldn’t have had if it wasn’t for the Communications Squad.” — Ethan Crow, 2020 ISA Communications Squad participant