Farming champion standing in his soybean field

(Photo: Iowa Soybean Association / File Photo)

Remembering Wayne Fredericks

February 7, 2024 | Brock Johnston

Ankeny, Iowa – Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) leadership have released the following statements today following news of the passing of Wayne Fredericks, ISA past president:

“It’s with a heavy heart that we learn of the passing of Wayne Fredericks. Wayne was a husband, father, grandfather, farmer and tremendous voice in Iowa’s agricultural community. I was fortunate enough to witness his effective leadership and advocacy for the issues impacting farmers over the years – both as a fellow board director and friend. His mentorship to fellow farmers and passion for conservation were admired by many and have undoubtedly advanced the ISA, American Soybean Association and industry in countless ways. Future generations of Iowa farmers will benefit from Wayne’s many contributions and determination. We will miss him very much and extend our deepest condolences to the Fredericks family.”

- Suzanne Shirbroun, ISA president and soybean farmer from Farmersburg

“Saddened doesn't come close to expressing how we all feel about the passing of our dear friend. Wayne was a generational leader in the soybean industry, particularly in the areas of conservation, stewardship and biodiversity. He cared deeply about his family and the farm, land and water that he had been entrusted with protecting and improving. I will never forget the first time I visited Wayne on his farm as I listened and watched him speak with a sense of reverence about his farm and particularly the soil. He was determined to leave the farm and that beautiful black soil better than it was when he first started farming. It was a commitment that he never forgot and upheld his entire life. Wayne's family is in our prayers as we reflect upon and celebrate his life and the impact he has had on so many.”

- Kirk Leeds, ISA chief executive officer


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.