Communications Squad


The Communications Squad is a value-added ISA program for farmer members looking to accurately share the story of modern agriculture. The squad meets four to five times per year to receive timely information on the biggest topics in agriculture from in-house and external industry experts.

Media and communications training combined with group exercises meant to foster collaboration and networking mean you walk away with new skills and new contacts with fellow farmers. Expect to be called upon to be a voice and advocate for policy matters, consumer misconceptions and agriculture as a whole. 

The 2021 Communications Squad will allow for a strengths-based approach for farmers with interests outside of media interviews. 

Interested in participating in the Communications Squad? Fill out the application. You can also view the 2021 Communications Squad schedule.

Spokesperson Task Force

Ethan Crow, Marshalltown
Marty Danzer, Carroll
Jeff Frank, Auburn
James Hepp, Rockwell City
Morey Hill, Madrid
Jeff Jorgenson, Sidney
Kevin McGrain, Hornick
Randy Miller, Lacona
Tom Vincent, Perry
Chuck White, Spencer


Social Media Task Force

Scot Bailey, Anita
Klint Bissell, Bedford
Paige Hepp, Rockwell City
Rick Juchems, Plainfield
Pat Murken, Story City
Laura Myrtue, Smithland
Tarin Tiefenthaler, Carroll

Writing Task Force

Aimee Bissell, Bedford
Kristin Oberbroeckling, Garnavillo
Brent Renner, Klemme
Lori Ryner, Winterset
Pat Swanson, Ottumwa


"It's great training for learning "how" to tell the story of farming and to learn the skills to apply to those business, media or personal conversations.” — Tarin Tiefenthaler, 2021 ISA Communications Squad participant

“I’ve gotten to talk with new people and share my story. That’s an opportunity I wouldn’t have had if it wasn’t for the Communications Squad.” — Ethan Crow, 2021 ISA Communications Squad participant

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A candid photo of the inaugural Communications Squad, taken September of 2018. From left: Rob Stout, Tom Adam, Jim Fitkin, Dave Struthers, Randy Souder, April Hemmes, Bill Shipley, Lindsay Greiner and Dave Walton.

Pat Murken and Tarin Tiefenthaler collaborate at a 2020 meeting.

Participants Keith Lovrien (left) and Rick Juchems network with Kelly Visser, ISA's Ag Awareness Manager during a 2020 meeting.

The 2019 Communications Squad hears from a panel of farmers well-versed in media interviews.

From left: Dwight Dial, Randy Souder and Bill Shipley listen attentively at a 2019 Communications Squad meeting.

Communications Squad participants lead in a discussion during a 2019 meeting.

Ethan Crow (standing) addresses the Communications Squad during a 2019 meeting featuring Greg Peterson of the Peterson Farm Bros.

Participants volunteer for the Iowa Food & Family Project exhibit at the 2019 Iowa State Fair. From left: Tom Adam, Jim Fitkin, Randy Souder, Val Plagge, Mark Jackson, Aimee Bissell, Klint Bissell, Rob Stout and ISA Public Relations Manager Katie James

Pat Swanson hosts Reuters for an interview about trade at her farm just outside of Ottumwa, Iowa

Morey Hill hosts Iowa Public Television in his home to discuss soy protein.

Four Communications Squad participants lead a panel for the Iowa Family and Consumer Science Educators Conference. From left: Ethan Crow, Dave Struthers, Brent Swart, Tim Bardole

Robb Ewoldt hosts a reporter from Singapore on his farm in 2019 to discuss trade.