May 2023

May 5, 2023


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In this issue...

On the Cover
Iowa farmer Dan Hanrahan shares his mental health story during May Mental Health Awareness Month.

Executive Insights: Growth from chaos
Just like managing a farm, the Iowa Soybean Association game plans and makes decisions using experience, wisdom and, yes, our gut.
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Rural Route 2: Time to grow
Here’s hoping the five strawberry plants he wants to grow this year are just as fruitful. I’ll keep you updated.
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Mental health is health
Dan Hanrahan, a farmer near Cumming, shares stories of mental health and his farm in his blog True Stories and Tall Tales.
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Meet the Director: Morey Hill
Meet ISA farmer-director Morey Hill. He's one of 22 farmers on the Iowa Soybean Association Board of Directors.
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Vilsack lauds ISA's innovative approach
Midwest farmers will soon be eligible to apply for financial incentives for farmer-led efforts to implement and scale on-farm practices.
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Farmers need not feel alone or stigmatized over mental health concerns
Both Brown and Jacobs share the importance of mental health services and general information that farmers and their friends and families.
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Monitoring tile water for water quality
Testing tile water can help improve water quality and give a better understanding of what is happening in your fields.
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From soybean pod to police pursuit
Soy-based tires donated by ISA will be placed on an unmarked Ankeny K9 unit and two fully-marked patrol vehicles.
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Training, education boost soy demand in Egypt
Providing training and education to people in developing countries is a hallmark of the soybean checkoff.
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