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Solon soybean farmer lauded for long-time leadership

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Ed Ulch has been awarded the 2019 ISA Legacy of Leadership Award for his passionate and relentless commitment to growing the Iowa soybean industry. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)

By Lauren Houska, ISA communications specialist

Long-time Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) leader, Ed Ulch, was recognized Dec. 13 for his dedication to the soybean industry by accepting the Legacy of Leadership Award, sponsored by Stine Seeds.

Ulch and his wife, Louella, operate a crop and cattle farm near Solon. Ulch has consistently represented and served Iowa soybean farmers with passion and integrity.

“Two of my biggest priorities over the years have been growing the biodiesel industry and improving the U.S. transportation infrastructure,” says the former District 6 ISA director, Iowa Biodiesel Board and National Biodiesel Board member, and former board member on the Soy Transportation Coalition.

Ulch is also a leader in environmental stewardship.

“There is still a lot to learn when it comes to soil health and water quality,” said Ulch. “We have been experimenting with cover crops for more than 15 years, trying different combinations of grasses, brassicas and legumes to find what works best.”

Ulch and his son were using cover crops on 40 acres when Ulch received the 2011 American Soybean Association Conservation Legacy Award. They now utilize the practice on all their fields. Ulch also served on the Lake McBride Watershed Advisory Committee.

Ulch always shares honest feedback about the latest issues in the soybean industry and helps ISA staff, board members and stakeholders continue to improve programs and communications. Those who have had the pleasure of working with him can tell he truly cares about the Iowa soybean and biodiesel industries, his fellow farmers and all Iowans.   

Katie Johnson, ISA public relations manager, contributed to this report. 

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