Iowa farmers Brent Renner and Tim Bardole

Brent Renner of Klemme and Tim Bardole of Rippey will join the board of 77 farmer directors from across the country; four representing Iowa. (Photo: Iowa Soybean Association / File Photo)

Iowa Farmers Appointed to United Soybean Board Leadership

November 15, 2023 | Brock Johnston

Ankeny, Iowa – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has appointed two Iowa soybean farmers to serve as directors on the United Soybean Board (USB).

Tim Bardole of Rippey and Brent Renner of Klemme will continue service on the board of 77 farmer directors from across the country; four representing Iowa. They will formally accept the three-year appointments at a confirmation hearing in December.

“USB directors play an important role in managing soybean checkoff dollars,” said Bardole, an Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) past president and USB director since 2020. “These funds support research, market development and promotion efforts that increase demand for our soybean crop and generate return value for all U.S. soybean farmers.”

According to the latest return-on-investment study, which is required by the USDA, U.S. soybean farmers received $12.34 in added value for every dollar they invested in the soy checkoff.

Renner, who was first appointed as a USB director in 2022 to complete the term of the late Tom Oswald, emphasized the importance of farmer representation at the local, state and national levels.

“It’s important farmers know who represents them,” said Renner, who also serves on ISA’s executive committee. “I’ve seen firsthand how the checkoff has supported a vast amount of innovative research and other efforts that may not be possible otherwise. I encourage soybean growers to connect with board leadership and see how we’re putting checkoff dollars to use.”

Bardole and Renner join Robb Ewoldt of Davenport and April Hemmes of Hampton as Iowa soybean farmers serving as USB directors.


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.