New ISA team member

(Photo: Joclyn Bushman/Iowa Soybean Association)

Introducing Chad Vogel, research development manager

March 23, 2023 | Kriss Nelson

As research development manager, Chad Vogel is the Iowa Soybean Association’s (ISA) central point of contact for all grants, contracts and other agreements with external partners of ISA’s Research Center for Farming Innovation (RCFI).

“As a member of RCFI’s leadership team, we work to advance strategic partnerships that help us integrate agronomic research with farming conservation practices,” he says. “Grants and contracts can multiply checkoff dollars for the advancement of Iowa growers.”

Vogel comes to the Iowa Soybean Association with considerable experience in obtaining funding for agricultural programming. Previously, he served the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University as senior director of development. He later became the associate dean of advancement for the College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois.

He is also a researcher, obtaining his Ph.D. from the University of South Dakota. Since joining ISA Nov. 14, Vogel has been heavily involved in several Climate Smart proposal submissions that could further the pace and scale of the conservation agronomist program’s effort to increase the adoption of cover crops in Iowa.

“Climate Smart legislation has led to a growing number of federal and state funding sources for conservation. My position was established to lead our strategy toward projects that benefit farmers first,” he says. Our leadership team committed to keeping the farmer at center stage, and I am seeking opportunities that are best for the grower.

Vogel lives in Ankeny with his wife, Darice, and they have five children.

“I have always admired the Iowa Soybean Association because of its steadfast commitment to applied research that brings value back to Iowa growers,” he says. “I am proud to do my life’s best work, helping expand the impact of such great work.”