Farm Forward Conference explores new markets

Navigate Changing Market Dynamics at ISA's Farm Forward Conference

November 30, 2023 | Brock Johnston

Ankeny, Iowa — Farm Forward, an interactive and farmer-focused event powered by the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA), will be held Tuesday, Jan. 30, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Downtown Marriott in Des Moines.

Programming will reveal how changes in domestic and international markets are continuing to impact the value of Iowa’s soybean crop. Industry experts will also pencil out what factors could influence the future of Iowa’s bioenergy sector, soybean breeding, markets and more.

“The Farm Forward event is an exclusive opportunity for Iowa soybean farmers to better understand and navigate the many production and market forces shaping our industry,” said Michael Dolch, ISA senior director of public affairs. “Farmers who attend this event are not just preparing for the next season; they are positioning themselves at the forefront of agricultural innovation and market strategy for years to come."

Producers will position themselves for success in 2024 and beyond through interactive panel sessions covering:

  • Iowa’s evolving biofuels landscape;
  • Global soybean trade dynamics;
  • Farm margins, planting decisions and market outlook; and
  • Emerging soybean breeding techniques and research.

Confirmed speakers include keynote Frank Kelly, founder and managing partner of Fulcrum Macro Advisors, Greg Northrup, president of Verbio NA Holdings Corp and Doug Struyk, attorney with Carney and Appleby Law. Also, Christie Wiebbecke, ISA senior director of research, Matt Herman, ISA senior director of renewable products marketing, Michael Dolch, ISA senior director of public affairs and more.

Attendees will also receive a ticket to the Iowa Ag Expo, formerly known as the Iowa Power and Farming Show, held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. 

To register or view the full agenda, click here.

Kriss Nelson contributed to this press release.


Partially 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.