Boone, Iowa – The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) will be back at the largest outdoor farm event in the country, with improving the competitiveness and profitability of Iowa’s soybean farmers as the focus.
The 2018 Farm Progress Show runs Aug. 28 -30 and will bring together producers, manufacturers, farm families and spectators from across the country to celebrate agriculture. ISA tent (Lot No. 740) will showcase the association’s programs and services and how farmers can benefit from putting them to work on their farm. It will also highlight the value of soybeans, soymeal, and biodiesel to Iowa’s economies and quality of life.
“Soybeans are big in Iowa and the Farm Progress Show offers an ideal opportunity to bring our programs and activities directly to the farmer,” says ISA President Bill Shipley. “This show is also a prime opportunity to connect with our farmer-members and encourage other farmers to get involved in the association they fund and support.”
Visitors to the ISA exhibit will enjoy barbecued pork ribs, drawing attention to the strong relationship between soybean and pig farmers. Show-goers can also discover the latest techniques for monitoring soybean plant and soil health and visit with ISA staff. American Soybean Association representatives will also be on hand to offer additional perspectives about policy issues impacting soybean farmers. Attendees who join ISA as an Advocate member during the three-day show will receive a hand-painted, personalized farm sign made from authentic barn wood. Attendees can also enter to win one of eight $500 biodiesel gift cards sponsored by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and ISA.
“Biodiesel is valuable for Iowa’s farmers because it’s made from the soybeans they grow, lengthens engine life and improves performance,” says Cassidy Walter, IRFA biodiesel lead. “Farm Progress Show is the perfect venue to showcase these benefits. And the contest is an excellent opportunity for farmers who haven’t used biodiesel before to try it risk free.”
Partially funded by soybean checkoff
The Iowa Soybean Association (www.iasoybeans.com) 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.