ISA members participating in CommonGround Iowa gathered for the annual state training to gain insights and understanding about the questions consumers have about food and farming and how to better tell their farm stories. (Submitted photo)

The Iowa Soybean Association is driven to deliver program opportunities that help you connect with fellow farmers, develop and hone leadership skills, and see yourself in places you never thought possible.

CommonGround is based on the idea that we need to make food and farming personal. When consumers understand that real families are raising their food and that they share common values and expectations, they have more trust in farming. The goal is to put a face to farm families by training women who are leaders in agriculture to effectively communicate to fellow women who are purchasing the food for their own families.

Good news from the women of CommonGround!

Our Volunteers

Thirty-eight women have been chosen to represent Iowa in this national campaign to talk to the consumer.

  • Rachel Binning, Johnston
  • Aimee Bissell, Bedford
  • Kellie Blair, Dayton
  • Crystal Blin, Independence
  • Laura Blomme, Victor
  • Lynn Bolin, Clarksville
  • Cassie Cannon, Prairie City
  • Laura Cunningham, Nora Springs
  • Paula Ellis, Donnellson
  • Steph Essick, Dickens
  • Anna Fedders, Ireton
  • Katie Hall, Clive
  • Katie Hermanson, Story City
  • Rhonda Hill, Madrid
  • Alicia Humphrey, Story City
  • Amber Kohlhaas, Lu Verne
  • Erica Lain, Coydon
  • Emma Lasco, Roland
  • Mary Lauver, Cleves
  • Lexi Marek, Ankeny
  • Joan Maxwell, Donahue
  • Amy Nelson, Donahue
  • LeAnne Philips, Akron
  • Val Plage, Latimer
  • Ashley Recknor, Clarion
  • Sara Ross, Minden
  • Corrine Rowe, Dallas Center
  • Shari Sell-Bakker, Dike
  • Suzanne Shirbroun, Farmersburg
  • Laura Showalter, Hampton
  • Pat Swanson, Ottumwa
  • Keisha Thompson, Milo
  • Tarin Tiefenthaler, Carroll
  • Amy Tlach, Prole
  • Julie Van Manen, Kellogg
  • Allie Wise, Decorah
  • Nicole Woodley, Clarion
  • April Hemmes, Hampton

Learn More

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Interested in volunteering? Contact our Producer Services Team!