Ankeny, Iowa —Teresa Middleton has joined the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) staff as a regional agronomist.
The Elkhorn, Wisconsin native obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in ecology, evolution and behavior from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and most recently a Master of Science degree in agronomy at Iowa State University.
Her undergraduate career included extensive work in cropping systems before accepting an apprecenticeship with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in North Carolina. While completing a Master’s degree in Iowa, Middleton worked closely to examine the potential of household item decomposition as an indicator of soil health.
“I’m looking forward to engaging with farmers on issues that matter to them,” said Middleton. “There is plenty to be learned in the world of soil health and I look forward to delivering that information to the farmer.”
She joins a team of three regional agronomists under the direction of Scott Nelson, ISA director of agronomy. Her primary duties include the implementation of on-farm research and reporting results back to farmers, developing farmer peer network groups and acting as a resource for soybean growers.
“We look forward to using her skills she brings to the table and her litany of education and work experiences,” Nelson said. “Teresa will serve an important role in helping farmers meet their profitability and stewardship goals through on-farm testing and technical assistance.”
Funded by the soybean checkoff
The Iowa Soybean Association (www.iasoybeans.com) is “Driven To Deliver” increased soybean demand through market development and new uses, farmer-focused research and results, timely information and know-how and policy initiatives enabling farmers and the industry to flourish. Founded in 1964 by farmers to serve farmers, ISA is governed by a board of 22 farmers to advocate on behalf of the state’s 40,000 soybean producers, including more than 12,000 ISA farmer members and industry stakeholders.