Photo Credit: Iowa Soybean Association

Photo Credit: Iowa Soybean Association

Surge in New Farmer Membership Strengthens Iowa Soybean Association's Influence

October 13, 2021 | Brock Johnston

Ankeny, Iowa — A surge in Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) farmer membership strengthens the association’s influence and service to the industry as a new program year begins.

A record 1,120 new farmer members joined ISA during the 2021 program year ending Sept. 30. The explosive growth brings the new number of farmer members to more than 13,500 as of Oct. 1 and the start of the association’s 2022 program year.

“Farmer membership in the association is critical in enabling the industry to flourish,” said ISA President Robb Ewoldt of Davenport. “Their insights, ideas and participation will sharpen ISA’s focus, delivering results and opportunities by growing soybean production and demand. The record membership growth will undoubtedly strengthen ISA’s voice on issues impacting all industry stakeholders.”

ISA’s Farmer Membership is available at no additional cost for farmers who certify they produce and market at least 250 bushels of soybeans annually.

Becoming an ISA farmer member expands access to programs and important industry information, 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.”

Farmer membership facilitates the sharing of timely information regarding soy-centric issues. It also gives farmers seamless access to meeting notifications, opportunities to provide feedback and input and ways to become more involved in programs and activities sponsored by ISA.

“Farmer membership opens a world of opportunity to engage and help lead the industry forward,” Ewoldt adds.

Soybean farmers wanting to activate or validate their ISA farmer membership can do so at


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.