Former Ambassador to China Terry Branstad poses for a p

Former Ambassador to China Terry Branstad poses for a photo at an All Iowa Agriculture trade mission to Beijing in 2017. (Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)

Iowa Soybean Association Recognizes Ambassador Branstad for Service to Iowa, U.S. Agriculture

September 15, 2020

Statement on behalf of Iowa Soybean Association President Jeff Jorgenson of Sidney, Iowa:

“Iowa soybean farmers recognize Ambassador Terry Branstad for his work during an important time in U.S. – China trade relations. 

“Although the Iowa Soybean Association is disappointed that he’s stepping down, we certainly respect his decision. Since taking on this important role for our country, he has worked tirelessly to represent America’s interests in China. Through all the challenges, Branstad has been a forceful and important voice for all Americans, particularly for Iowa and Iowa’s farmers. 

“Given China’s importance as a global soybean buyer, ISA leadership has often called upon him for insight and to share our perspectives. We have had multiple meetings with him during his time as Ambassador, both in China and in Iowa. We always left those meetings knowing we had a friend working on our behalf. Iowa soybean farmers say, ‘thank you Ambassador Branstad and welcome home.’”

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.