Iowa soybean farmer in field with John Deere planter

Meet the Director: Jeff Frank

March 30, 2023

Location: Auburn, Iowa

Title: District 4 Director

ISA Committees: Supply and Information & Education (I&E)

What crops and livestock do you grow and raise on the farm?

My wife, son and I grow soybeans and corn.

What do you want farmers to know about the use of their checkoff dollars on the committees you serve?

Checkoff dollars for the I&E committee are used to promote and educate consumers on the many uses and benefits of soybeans. The dollars for the Supply committee is invested in research and on-farm trials, helping producers become more efficient and profitable.

What are your hobbies?

Serving on various farm-oriented boards that keep me on the go.

How does your personal philosophy match the mission of the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA)?

I believe it’s important to keep up with technology and the latest developments in genetics, diseases and weed control.

What’s the latest innovation that gets you excited about the future of soybeans?

With the evolution of the renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel, I feel that soybeans could eventually overtake corn as the primary crop in the world. Soybean producers have a lot to look forward to as organizations like ISA, the American Soybean Association and the United Soybean Board lead the way to these new opportunities.

What makes your farm unique?

My son Mitch is the fifth generation living on our century farm.

What’s something people don’t usually know about you?

My wife and I decided to bring great coffee to our small community a few years ago by buying a coffee roaster and coffee shop. We recently sold the coffee shop, but we continue to roast coffee in our barn that’s more than 100 years old.