Dolch Named Iowa Soybean Association Public Affairs Director

Michael Dolch has been named Public Affairs Director for the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA).  

The Villisca, Iowa-native previously served as legislative assistant for Sen. Joni Ernst, representing agriculture, trade and biofuels policy.

“Considering today’s political climate, market conditions and trade environment, farming across Iowa and the United States is facing a tough future,” said Dolch. “This reality underscores the absolute requirement for farmers to remain unified and engaged. I’m looking forward to going to work on behalf of Iowa’s soybean farmers to advance their policy priorities.”

Serving in key leadership positions in local, state and national agricultural organizations heightened his interest in being a voice for farmers and representing their needs. Upon graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Communications, Dolch took to Capitol Hill where he held several positions with Syngenta before assuming a policy role with Ernst.

Dolch will coordinate ISA’s lobbying and policy communications activities involving federal and state legislative and regulatory arenas. He’ll interact with state and nationally elected officials and coordinate a comprehensive outreach strategy with the goal of mobilizing soybean farmers to action in ways that positively benefit the industry. 

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Not funded by soybean checkoff

The Iowa Soybean Association ( develops policies and programs that help Iowa’s more than 40,000 soybean farmers expand profit opportunities while promoting environmentally sensitive production using the soybean checkoff and other resources. The association was founded in 1964 and is governed by an elected volunteer board of 22 farmers. It strives to be honest and transparent, fact-based and data driven and committed to environmental stewardship, collaborations and partnerships.