(Photo: Joclyn Bushman/Iowa Soybean Association) Award recipients (from left): Andy Petersen, Friend of the Iowa Soybean Farmer; Wayne Fredericks, Policy Champion; James Hepp, New Leader; Mindy Williamson (Iowa State Fair), Advocate for Iowa Agriculture; Kevin Prevo, Innovator in Production Research; Michael Vittetoe, Environmental Leader; Rolland Schnell, Legacy of Leadership; Nathan Behrends, Rising Star.**Nathan’s father, Curt Behrends, accepted on his behalf.
Outstanding achievement on behalf of soy industry recognized
March 11, 2022 | Brock Johnston
A a dedicated farm and food broadcaster, and a first-generation farmer were among those touted for outstanding achievements benefiting the soy industry. The recognition was given in eight categories by the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) during its annual Winter Soy Summit held Jan. 25 in Des Moines.
“Many people are driven to deliver for Iowa soybean farmers,” says ISA President Robb Ewoldt of Davenport. “It’s critical to recognize these meaningful contributions and celebrate an industry that continues to be a positive force for our state and country.”
Whether a lifelong soybean farmer, an innovator in production or a champion for fellow farmers, the 2022 ISA Leadership Award recipients have demonstrated a passion for the future of soy. Award categories, sponsors and recipients include:
Legacy of Leadership Award
Presented by Stine Seed
Rolland Schnell, a soybean farmer and past ISA president from Newton, has advanced the goals of the association through his longstanding commitment to enhance the industry.
Rising Star Award
Presented by Farm Credit Services of America
Nathan Behrends, an Iowa State University student from Wiota, actively promotes Iowa agriculture and plans to remain involved in the industry through future personal and professional endeavors. The award includes a $1,000 stipend for educational expenses.
New Leader Award
Presented by Corteva Agriscience
James Hepp, a soybean farmer from Rockwell City, continues to deepen his involvement in ISA programming while growing his commitment of service to the industry and his local community.
Environmental Leader Award
Presented by Agri-Drain
Michael Vittetoe, a soybean producer from Washington, is a leader in integrating sustainable practices on his multi-generational operation. Through his work with ISA’s Research Center for Farming Innovation (RCFI), Michael has implemented unique strategies to improve soil health and enhance water quality.
Innovator in Production Research Award
Presented by John Deere
Kevin Prevo, a soybean farmer from Bloomfield, highlights the role precision agriculture plays in managing practices to improve farm profitability. His experiences have allowed ISA to continue finding new opportunities for farmers to implement cutting-edge approaches.
Friend of the Iowa Soybean Farmer Award
Presented by Cargill
Andy Petersen, cohost of WHO Radio’s “The Big Show,” continues to play an important part in the agricultural reporting space. His support of both the soybean industry and agriculture has connected more consumers and producers to ISA messages, events and programming.
Advocate for Iowa Agriculture Award
Presented by Bayer Cropscience
Presented to the Iowa State Fair. The annual event is nationally recognized and continues to be a staple of Iowa summers since it began in 1854. The fair highlights the hard work, strength and dedication of Iowa’s agriculture community and gives visitors a firsthand look at agriculture’s role in their everyday lives.
Policy Champion Award
Presented by Champion Seed
Wayne Fredericks, a soybean farmer and past ISA president from Osage, has been a lifelong advocate on behalf of producers across the state. His relationship-building with elected officials and collaborative spirit showcase a dedication to advocacy on local, state and national levels.