Bedford farm couple cultivating new opportunities with ISA12/13/2018 | Crop Production Research, Soybean News
By Lauren Houska, ISA communications specialist
The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) awarded Klint and Aimee Bissell of Bedford the New Leader Award, sponsored by Corteva, at the annual ISA Awards Banquet on Dec. 13 in Ankeny.
The Bissell family grow soybeans and corn on their farm outside of Bedford. Their sons Braydon, 14, and Tucker, 10, both take hands-on roles on the farm.
Klint completed the Des Moines Area Community College diesel mechanics program and received a certificate in agronomy. Aimee has spent more than 15 years as a respiratory therapist at Montgomery County Hospital in addition to joining Klint on the farm full-time in 2013.
Like many farm families, farming isn’t just an occupation — it’s a way of life. Part of that lifestyle is their never-ending drive to improve.
“Each year, we try to pick up one innovative idea to implement on our operation,” said Aimee.
Their quest for innovation and knowledge led them to the Iowa Soybean Association first as District Advisory Council (DAC) Day attendants in January and the ISA Farmer Research Conference the following month. Shortly after, they were part of the ISA Experience Class, learning more about ISA and networking with other farmers.
The two play off each other’s strengths in ways that benefit their operation — Aimee enjoys science and record keeping while Klint excels at finding efficiencies.
Their strengths now also benefit ISA and other soybean farmers through their work with the On-Farm Network.
“What drew us to ISA the most was the On-Farm network,” said Klint. “This year, we conducted molybdenum micronutrient strip trials this past growing season and have plans to test a new fertilizer for soybeans and corn called Poly4 next season.”
They are 2019 ISA Communications Squad participants and will be attending the ASA Soybean Leadership College in St. Louis in January.
Katie Johnson, ISA public relations manager, contributed to this report.
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