A green soybean field grows.

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Bailey Joins Iowa Soybean Association Board of Directors

February 4, 2021

Southwest Iowa farmer Scot Bailey will serve as district 7 director for the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA). His appointment was made by the ISA board during its January meeting held in Ankeny.

Scot Bailey Bailey’s appointment to the board follows the unexpected passing of former ISA president and district 7 director Bill Shipley.

“I’m pleased to welcome Scot to our board,” says ISA President Jeff Jorgenson of Sidney. “He’s committed to our mission of serving Iowa soybean farmers and working for the long-term success of the soybean industry.”

The Anita-area soybean, corn, cattle and sheep farmer assumes the leadership post after several years of engaging with ISA. He was a participant in the 2016 ISA Experience Class and is known for his involvement in ISA’s policy development process.

“Words can’t express the deep sadness the soybean family feels without our friend and leader Bill Shipley,” says Jorgenson. “Filling his role was a difficult task. Scot’s passion and commitment to our industry made him an ideal candidate to step up in service to the soybean farmer.”

Bailey says Shipley’s leadership helped him dig deeper into the association. He hopes to continue the work of providing information about ISA programs and services to fellow farmers and accurate information about modern agriculture to consumers.

“Above all, we need to grow and market soybeans,” says Bailey. “We must also communicate the work we’re doing so farmers and consumers understand why it’s important.”

The no-till, precision farmer previously served as president of the Cass County Cattlemen’s Association as well as serving on his local Farm Bureau board. Bailey is married to his wife, Cheryl and they have two sons, Patrick and Jackson.

The Iowa Soybean Association (www.iasoybeans.com) 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.