John Deere combine in soybean field

(Photo: Iowa Soybean Association / Joclyn Bushman)

Meetings showcase local and relevant research

January 11, 2024 | Kriss Nelson

Locally led, locally relevant and locally driven to deliver. Join the Iowa Soybean Association’s (ISA) Research Center for Farming Innovation (RCFI) team as they showcase research findings and other ways your soybean checkoff is delivering expertise and actionable steps to improve the productivity and profitability on your farm.

Save the date — or dates — for this year’s ISA Innovation to Profit series of meetings.

“Each meeting will meet the needs of the region in which it is held. The series will be locally relevant, providing insights that reflect the practices, challenges, programming opportunities and financial assistance opportunities for that area,” says ISA’s Senior Director of Research Christie Wiebbecke.

The Innovation to Profit series will begin with a series of four meetings scheduled for Feb. 6, 8, 13 and 15.

“These meetings are an excellent opportunity to see what the Iowa Soybean Association is doing with research on the farm and what they can do to help farmers be more profitable,” says Jeff Frank, ISA’s district 4 board member and treasurer. “Everything ISA’s doing with research on the farm will hopefully enlighten you with what your checkoff dollars are doing for you.”

The RCFI team is planning a series of meetings extending beyond the February dates to deliver programming year-round.

“We are planning on taking you from the winter meeting to the field during the growing season with field days tied to the Innovation to Profit local projects and programming throughout the year,” Wiebbecke says.

From research to results, the Innovation to Profit meetings aim to provide updates to farmers on research topics and interact with farmers.

“We want to hear what questions farmers have, and what we should think about,” says Wiebbecke. “We want to hear what they are struggling with on their farm and how we can support them from a research perspective.”

The series of meetings will also highlight how ISA’s RCFI project priorities are farmer-led and farmer-driven.

“We want farmers to share how they have partnered with ISA, lessons they’ve learned, and why they work with us,” says Wiebbecke.

Click here to learn more about the meetings and to register.

Getting to know ISA

Meet other farmers in your area, learn more about ISA trials and research efforts, and connect with your local ISA RCFI experts starting with the February Innovation to Profit events.

“We want these meetings to be two-way conversations between farmers and ISA RCFI staff,” Wiebbecke says. “We want to further explore the questions and opportunities in every region of the state, helping farmers be more productive, profitable and sustainable on their farms.”