Iowa farmer Robb Ewoldt at awards ceremony

Submissions for eight award categories are open now through Oct. 5. (Photo: Iowa Soybean Association / Joclyn Bushman)

Nominate A Farmer or Ag Leader for an Iowa Soybean Association Leadership Award

August 24, 2023 | Brock Johnston

Ankeny, Iowa – Do you know a student passionate about agriculture? How about a farmer dedicated to protecting natural resources? Now is the time to nominate these deserving individuals for one of eight Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) Leadership Awards.

Nominations can be submitted on the ISA website and will be accepted until Thursday, Oct. 5. A committee comprised of ISA farmer leaders and staff will review all nominees. Recipients will be recognized at the annual ISA Leadership Awards & Industry Celebration Banquet in December.

“Many people are driven to deliver for Iowa soybean farmers,” said Randy Miller, ISA president and soybean farmer near Lacona. “As a farmer-led organization, it’s important to recognize the meaningful contributions that continue to advance our industry and position producers for success.”

Nominations are sought for:

Legacy of Leadership: Recognizes an ISA farmer member advancing the goals of the association and demonstrating a passion and longstanding commitment for growing the soybean industry in Iowa, nationally and internationally.

Rising Star: Awarded to a high school senior or college student taking an active role to promote Iowa agriculture and intends to remain involved in the industry through future personal or professional activities. The award includes a $2,000 stipend to apply to educational expenses. This award requires an application, which can be found here.

New Leader: Recognizes an ISA farmer member who has deepened their involvement in ISA programming while enhancing their commitment and service to the industry and their community.

Environmental Leader: Given to an ISA farmer member improving on-farm environmental performance and leadership in the use of precision agriculture tools and technology. Must be a current or past participant in ISA Research Center for Farming Innovation activities.

Innovator in Production Research: Awarded to an individual, organization or company that has shown outstanding leadership in the use of precision agriculture and has worked to validate and effectively manage practices to improve profitability. Active involvement in the ISA Research Center for Farming Innovation is desirable for this award.

Friend of the Iowa Soybean Farmer: Given to an elected leader or ISA partner who has shown a deep understanding of issues facing Iowa soybean farmers and has supported them through their actions and efforts.

Policy Champion: Recognizes an ISA farmer and Advocate member who works to advance policy and regulatory issues benefiting the soybean industry. Nominees have a proven track record of engaging with elected leaders as a knowledgeable and trusted resource on soybean industry policy.

Advocate for Iowa Agriculture: Awarded to an ISA member, individual, organization or company who effectively and accurately shares the story of modern agriculture and actively builds bridges between Iowa farmers and consumers.

View past award recipients and complete a nomination form here.


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.