A Letter from the President: October 201910/03/2019 | Soybean Exports, Biodiesel, Policy, Livestock, Economics
It is an honor to be addressing you as president of the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) for the first time. It is a privilege to serve the soybean famers of Iowa.
I would first like to thank Lindsay Greiner for his work as president last year. It was a pleasure to serve under his leadership and I look forward to continuing to work with him and others to deliver results for the state’s soybean farmers.
I have been farming for 29 years. Along with my father, brother and son, I operate a no-till/strip-till soybean and corn operation and also raise hogs near Rippey. My wife, Lori, and I have been married for 31 years and have three kids. Cassie is a 6th-grade teacher and Gabe works for a tech support company. Schyler, his wife Lauren, and their son (and soon-to-be big brother) Adam, farm with us. I am proud to have the sixth generation working with us on the three century farms our families operate.
I have served on the ISA Board of Directors since 2015. I have also served as ISA Executive Committee Secretary, Demand Committee Vice Chair, Public Affairs Vice Chair and have been involved in the ISA Policy Advisory Council and ISA District Advisory Council as well as the American Soybean Association World Initiative for Soy in Human Health committee. I graduated from Iowa State University with a major in ag studies-farm operations. I deeply value our community. I have served 16 years on the local school board and coached high school football for 20 years.
As your new president, I will continue to work on behalf of Iowa’s soybean farmers alongside my fellow board members. These are challenging times in agriculture, with many things happening beyond our control. We’re facing tight financial times, but we’ll continue to work with ISA members and staff to keep the organization running smoothly.
I can also assure you that ISA is working very hard to make sure our government leaders know and understand our concerns about the trade war with China, the need for certainty in the biodiesel industry, the importance of passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and more.
I'd also like to wish everyone a happy Pork Month this October. Iowa soybean farmers appreciate our fellow hard-working, dedicated pork producers in our state. Iowa is number one in the nation in pork production and domestic pork producers are the largest buyer of Iowa soybeans — just one of the many reasons why soybeans are so BIG in Iowa. Support soybean and pig farmers this month by putting a little more pork on your fork.
I wish all of you a safe and productive harvest season.
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