Mark Schleisman stands in a dark jacket on a no-till co

Photo Credit: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association

Schleisman Named Iowa Soybean Association Environmental Leader

January 25, 2021

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Mark Schleisman of Lake City is the Iowa Soybean Association’s (ISA) Environmental Leader Award recipient.


Sponsored by Agri-Drain, Schleisman was honored in a virtual presentation highlighting his conservation practices in the field and around the farm as a shining example of leadership in environmental stewardship.

“We’re always striving to figure out a better way to do things,” said Schleisman. “Better doesn’t always mean easier but doing it the right way.”

Schleisman operates a diverse family operation in Calhoun County, growing soybeans, corn, popcorn, raising cow-calf pairs and finishing hogs. His love for fishing on the North Racoon River inspired him to work decades on efforts to improve and protect the important tributary to the Mississippi River.

Conservation practices to be found on the Schleisman farm include:

·        no-till and strip till

·        grassed waterways

·        buffer strips

·        pheasant habitat

·        pollinator habitat

·        cover crop

·        multiple bioreactors

More recently, Schleisman implemented an on-farm water recycling project where he stores excess water for irrigation to be used during dry periods.

“I’m always thinking about how we can treat the land better so my sons that are in the farming operation can reap the benefits down the road,” said Schleisman. “This award is confirmation that these things are worth doing.”