March 2023

March 3, 2023


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On the Cover
Eight leaders were recently recognized at the Iowa Soybean Association's (ISA) Winter Soy Summit with various leadership awards. This issue of the Iowa Soybean Review celebrates their contributions.

Executive Insights: Crisis of leadership
There’s not much problem solving going on. In its place, acrimony, fear mongering, blame, partisanship, excuses and finger pointing. And plenty of theatrics.
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Advocate for Iowa Agriculture Award | Secretary Naig
This award recognizes those who effectively and accurately share the story of modern agriculture.
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Policy Champion Award | Jeff Ellis
“When I was in college, I had a teacher say, ‘If you’re going to do something in life, be involved,’” Ellis says. So, he and his wife Paula get involved.
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New Leader Award | Josh Henik
Henik has served as an active participant in his District Advisory Council, as a member of the Policy Leadership Fellowship and was a candidate in the 2022 ISA director elections.
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Rising Star Award | Kesley Holdgrafer
Growing up on a diversified grain and livestock operation near Bryant sparked Kesley Holdgrafer’s passion for advocating for the agricultural industry.
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Friend of the Iowa Soybean Farmer | Peter Mishek
Mishek’s passion for serving soybean farmers, processors and buyers has played an important role in the industry’s growth and success.
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Environmental Leader Award | Ryan Vavroch
Ryan Vavroch is making strides in implementing new conservation practices to preserve and build soil health and reduce nutrient loss from his fields.
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Innovator in Production Research | AJ Blair
No matter what’s involved, Blair is always willing to be an innovative voice who works collaboratively with researchers, including RCFI staff.
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Legacy of Leadership | Brian Kemp
Brian Kemp has demonstrated a lifelong commitment and passion for the soybean industry, spanning local, state, national and international leadership positions.
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$400 Million in Unrealized Soybean Value
A new partnership, the first of its kind in more than 40 years, aims to increase soybean flower and pod retention.
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Meet the Director: Tom Adam
Meet ISA farmer-director Tom Adam. He's one of 22 farmers on the Iowa Soybean Association Board of Directors.
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Rural Route 2: Word of the year
One minute you’re planting your field; the next, it seems you’re already harvesting the fruits of your labor.

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