July 2022

July 19, 2022


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In this issue...

On the Cover
Tony and Aarika Schwarck with their children, Annalee and Axton on their farm near Riceville. Connecting with other farmers through ISA's District Advisory Council broadened their view of ISA and Iowa agriculture.

Executive Insights: Interact with ISA and thrive
Humans thrive on interaction. Instinctively, we know it. Studies and two-plus years of navigating through a pandemic prove it.
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Policy Update: Strength in numbers
The 2022 legislative session was successful due to teamwork from farmers, stakeholders and commodity groups with the passing of the governor’s historic Biofuels Access Bill.
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Member Feature: Brent Wells
A farm kid growing up, Wells took off for Iowa State University to study agriculture.
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Member Feature: Tony Schwarck
Schwarck and his wife Aarika grow soybeans and corn on their farm near Riceville in Mitchell County.
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Member Feature: Mason Riehle
Mason Riehle, a newcomer to the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA), has developed his family farming operation from scratch starting in 2010.
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Member Feature: Gary Langbein
Struggles from generations preceding him have given Gary Langbein a greater appreciation for preserving his family’s farming legacy.
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Member Feature: Spencer Collins
Farming is more than an occupation – it’s a calling. And for Spencer Collins, that calling is what feeds his soul.
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Member Feature: Brian Strasser
Today, Brian Strasser lives on the same farmstead that was home to his grandfather and his mother.
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Member Feature: Justin Dammann
The Dammanns have used the opportunity to connect the farm to consumers through their involvement in the Iowa Food & Family Project.
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Member Feature: Matt Diehl
Diehl, his wife Leslie and their three teenage children are now the caretakers of a cattle operation, 2,400 pigs and 700 acres of corn, alfalfa and soybeans.
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ISA remembers 'NoTillTom'
Fellow farmers reflect on Tom Oswald's life and legacy. Tom passed away unexpectedly on June 16.
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Iowa native named co-director of ISA’s Research Center for Farming Innovation
Joe McClure joins Roger Wolf in co-directing ISA’s Research Center for Farming Innovation (RCFI) operations, guiding the organization’s on-farm research.
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Rural Route 2: If these shop walls could talk
I’m curious what’s on your shop walls?
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