Whitley Frieden, ISA producer services coordinator visi

Whitley Frieden, ISA producer services coordinator visits with ISA farmer-members during a district meeting last year. ISA has announced the schedule for the 2022 district meeting series.(Photo credit: Jocyln Bushman/Iowa Soybean Association).

ISA announces 2022 district meeting series

May 26, 2022 | Kriss Nelson

Summertime means it’s Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) district meeting time and the ISA producer services team has a variety of events planned in each of the association’s nine districts.

The district meeting series, sponsored by FMC, will feature boat cruises, axe throwing, tractor pulls and more.

As part of each event, there will be a time to learn more about ISA’s Research Center for Farming Innovation (RCFI), opportunities to engage in various ISA events and opportunities, and updates on policy that affects Iowa’s soybean farmers.

“We will be looking ahead from a federal perspective on what could be affecting farmers,” says Megan Decker, ISA public affairs and producer services intern. “We will also discuss ISA’s policy, and hear from farmers about the priorities they want us to outline as an association of farmers to put forward next year.”

Whitley Frieden, ISA producer services coordinator, says they welcome soybean farmers in Iowa to attend meetings outside their district.

“You can choose whichever meetings are most interesting to you,” says Frieden. “Come out and network with other soybean farmers, our board members and hear about what ISA is doing and have a good time.”

Don’t come alone – bring your friends and family.

“Whether it’s the next generation on the farm or your neighbor, we encourage you to bring other soybean farmers," says Kennady Moffitt, ISA producer services coordinator. “It’s a good opportunity for them to become connected to ISA.”

District meeting schedule

Check your mailboxes for a postcard and e-mail on the upcoming district meeting fun planned for summer. Don’t know which district you live in? Find that here.

District 1: June 20, 5:30 p.m. to  8 p.m. at Okoboji Boat Works. There will be a boat cruise, dinner, and a short program.

District 2: July 26, 6 p.m. at S&B Farms Distillery in Bancroft. There will be a distillery tour and tasting, dinner, and a short program.

District 3: Aug. 8, 6 p.m. at the Hurling Hatchet in Cedar Falls. There will be axe throwing, dinner, and a short program.

District 4: July 27, tour at 3 p.m. at Western Iowa Energy in Wall Lake with a short program and dinner following at the Wall Lake Community Center at 5 p.m.

District 5: August 17, 4 p.m. at the Iowa State Fair. There will be a short program along with ice cream sundaes. Tickets and meal vouchers are provided to attendees.

District 6: June 14 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a Quad Cities River Bandits baseball game and a short program and dinner in Davenport.

District 7: June 24, 6-9 p.m. at Keg Creek Brewing in Glenwood. In addition to dinner and a short program, there will be entertainment. Friendly competition with bags (cornhole) and volleyball is also slated for this event.

District 8: July 23, 6 p.m. at the Union County Fairgrounds in Afton. Dinner and meeting at 6 p.m.,  followed by a tractor pull at 7 p.m.

District 9: July 19, 11 a.m., Keokuk. Visit Lock 19 in Keokuk for a lock and dam tour at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and a short program.

Please RSVP here for the district meetings you plan to attend.

“You are already investing in the association,” says Frieden. “Get to know the staff and board members. In the meantime, meet other farmers - learn something from them, make connections. It’s a great way to network and get a firsthand look at what we are doing at ISA.”

Contact the producer services team for more information about the 2022 district meetings.