ISA President Jeff Jorgenson: Vote in the ISA director elections
June 30, 2021
Dear Soybean Farmer,
Thank you for opening this edition of the Iowa Soybean Review. It features everything you need to know about the annual Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) board of directors election and the importance of your participation.
Just like with any election, our involvement determines the results. When we elect farmers to the ISA board, we are choosing the people who decide how to spend our checkoff dollars.
And those checkoff dollars couldn’t be more important. We’ve seen the direct benefit they have on our bottom lines right here in Iowa. I’m proud to report that for every one checkoff dollar invested on international marketing, we see a $17.95 rate of return. These decisions have a real impact on us and should be taken very seriously. We need to keep increasing global demand for our products; leading research on our production practices and communicating to consumers what farmers are doing.
There are two ways you can make a difference in how our checkoff dollars are used.
First, cast an informed vote for the directors who represent you on our board. These are the people who are charged with fulfilling that return on investment. These farmers oversee not only financial decisions, but strategically create and innovate new, industry-leading ideas to keep Iowa’s soybean farmers on the cutting edge.
Second, run for the board. Serving on the board wasn’t on my radar, but has provided me a broader understanding of soybean production and how our industry plays a role locally, nationally and globally.
We all know being a farmer is placing one foot in front of the other, every single day to make progress happen. You can make those steps more meaningful by getting involved in the election process and with ISA.