Photo: Joclyn Bushman/Iowa Soybean Association

Take your soybean acres to new heights during the Iowa Soybean Association's annual membership drive. (Photo: Joclyn Bushman/Iowa Soybean Association)

Iowa Soybean Farmers Look to Strengthen Influence, Grow Opportunities through Membership

May 31, 2022 | Brock Johnston

Ankeny, Iowa – The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA), courtesy of the soybean checkoff, looks to strengthen influence and service to the industry during this year’s annual membership drive June 1 through August 31.

“Farmer involvement in the association is critical in enabling the industry to flourish,” said ISA President Robb Ewoldt of Davenport. “The insights, ideas and participation of fellow soybean farmers sharpens ISA’s focus, delivering results and opportunities by growing soybean production and demand.”

“Membership growth strengthens ISA’s voice on issues impacting all industry stakeholders,” Ewoldt added.

ISA Farmer Membership is available at no additional cost for farmers who certify they produce and market 250 or more bushels of soybeans annually. Farmer membership facilitates the sharing of timely information on many soy-centric issues. It also offers farmers seamless access to meeting notifications, feedback opportunities and ways to become more involved in ISA programs and activities.

“Engaging with ISA has allowed both myself and my operation to grow,” said Tarin Tiefenthaler, a soybean farmer from Carroll. “From soybean research to growing demand, there is value in being involved with ISA programs, no matter your interests.”

Becoming an ISA farmer member expands access to programs and resources bolstering farmer profitability, productivity and sustainability, says ISA Producer Services Coordinator Whitley Frieden.

“ISA is driven to increase yields and find new uses for soybeans by providing producers with farmer-focused research to help make the best decision for their operation,” she says. “Whether it’s participating in research trials, sharpening your communication skills, or receiving the latest information and insights, there are benefits for every farmer.”

ISA Farmer Membership totals 13,500. The association experienced a record surge in membership throughout the 2021 program year ending Sept. 30., adding 1,120 new farmer members.

Activate or confirm your no-cost membership now through August 31 and be entered to win one of many prizes, including drone technology, apparel and more.


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.