Photo Credit: Joclyn Bushman/Iowa Soybean Association

Photo Credit: Joclyn Bushman/Iowa Soybean Association

ISA Welcomes Nominee for Leading Agricultural Trade Post

June 14, 2022 | Brock Johnston

Ankeny, Iowa – The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) welcomes President Biden’s decision to nominate Doug McKalip as Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Robb Ewoldt, ISA president and soybean farmer near Davenport, issued the following statement:

"U.S. agricultural products, including Iowa-grown soybeans, face many challenges on the global marketplace. This position seeks to minimize these barriers by fostering global trade relationships, protecting farmers from unfair trade practices and promoting homegrown soy around the world.

“With more than 60% of soybeans exported annually, trade remains a top priority for Iowa soybean farmers. Maintaining existing global markets for soy, as well as expanding markets by reaching and finalizing new free trade agreements remain critical to producer success. ISA looks forward to the Senate’s swift confirmation of McKalip’s nomination.”


Not funded by the soybean checkoff

The Iowa Soybean Association ( is “Driven To Deliver” increased soybean demand through market development and new uses, farmer-focused research and results, timely information and know-how and policy initiatives enabling farmers and the industry to flourish. Founded in 1964 by farmers to serve farmers, ISA is governed by a board of 22 farmers to advocate on behalf of the state’s 40,000 soybean producers, including more than 15,000 ISA farmer members and industry stakeholders.