Soybean hats sitting on table

(Photo: Iowa Soybean Association / Joclyn Bushman)

Engage with ISA at Summer Soy Series

July 13, 2023 | Kriss Nelson

How will the farm bill impact soybean growers? What is the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) doing to engage in the process? Come for the questions, stay for the answers and fellowship.

Join industry experts as they answer these questions and more at the 2023 Summer Soy Series. Formerly known as ISA’s district meetings, these events are scheduled throughout the state from Aug. 28-31.

Hear the latest insights on issues directly affecting their profitability, productivity and sustainability as you interact with ISA staff, including Chief Executive Officer Kirk Leeds and ISA Board of Directors members.

“I encourage producers to come ready to take part,” says ISA President Randy Miller, a farmer near Lacona. “These meetings are not intended to be about hearing just what the Iowa Soybean Association has to say, but helping to direct us in how we move forward as an organization.”

ISA staff and farmer leaders value all opportunities to engage directly with farmers across the state.

“These meetings give us a great opportunity to share the board’s established priorities for the organization and to receive feedback and answer questions from local farmers,” says ISA’s Leeds. “I look forward to attending these important meetings this summer.”

Jim Wiesemeyer, a Washington policy analyst, will provide the latest information on agricultural policy.

“I will update on the farm bill regarding timing, key issues and players in the process with a particular focus on how they impact the soy sector,” he says.

A look at the 2024 elections and trade and energy policies that impact the soybean industry will also be topics of discussion, Wiesemeyer says.

Come for a chance to win

ISA is offering two chances to win prizes during the Summer Soy Series.

Farmers who register to attend by Aug. 18 will be entered to win a bag board set, sponsored by Latham seeds.

Attend a meeting for your chance to win an ISA-branded RTC cooler. Farm store gift cards will also be given away at each of the six meetings, but you must be present to win.

Mark your calendar

A meal will be served at each of the six events.

Monday, Aug. 28:

West Liberty,  10 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at the JJ Nichting Company, 1970 Garfield Ave., West Liberty.

Indianola, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at SkyView Vineyard and Event Venue, 15110 Hwy. 92, Indianola.

Tuesday, Aug. 29:

Holstein, 10 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at Cobblestone Inn and Suites Event Center, 2011 Indorf Ave. Holstein.

Atlantic, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Cass County Community Center, 805 W. 10th Street, Atlantic.

Wednesday, Aug. 30:

Mason City, 10 a.m. –  1:15 p.m. at the Kinney Building at the North Iowa Events Center, 3700 4th Street, Mason City.

Waterloo, 5:30 p.m. –  8:30 p.m. at Single Speed Brewery, 325 Commercial Street, Waterloo.

“As a director, it is essential to engage with farmers in the state so we know what is on their mind to help us set the direction for the next year and for them to reap the rewards of their checkoff,” says Miller. “It’s an opportunity for them to learn firsthand how we are spending their money, where it is going, and what research is being done.”

For more information, contact the ISA Producer Services team or RSVP here.